Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur

Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove
The Turtle Dove is named, in English and Latin, after the black feathers bordered with reddish brown on its wings, reminiscent of tortoiseshell. It has a black and white striped neck patch.
Turtle DoveThe eyes are red bordered with dark pink eyeliner.
Turtle DoveThe Turtle Dove has a black tail bordered with white.
Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove Turtle Doves migrate south to Africa in winter.
Turtle Dove
They used to be common in northern Europe in summer but thousands are shot every year on their return over Malta, Cyprus and Italy for "sport" and now they are increasingly scarce.
Turtle Dove The undercarriage is white
Turtle Dove The under-wings are grey
Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove
It is a medium-sized, delicate dove slightly smaller than the Collared Dove.