European Turtle-dove (Streptopelia turtur) - HBW 4, p. 133
French: Tourterelle des bois
Spanish: Tórtola Europea
Other common names: Common Turtle-dove; Isabelline Turtle-dove (rufescens)
Taxonomy: Columba Turtur Linnaeus, 1758, India; error = England.
Related to S. lugens, S. hypopyrrha and S. orientalis. Birds of Nile Valley and Faiyûm have been separated as race isabellina, but claimed differences with rufescens probably sexual; in addition, males of this zone may be dimorphic. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- turtur (Linnaeus, 1758) - C & S Britain E to Poland and N Russia, S to N Mediterranean coast, and on through Asia Minor and Syria to Kazakhstan and W Siberia; also Madeira and Canary Is.
- arenicola (Hartert, 1894) - Morocco E to Tripoli, and from Iraq and Iran E through Afghanistan, Turkestan and Kirghiz Steppes to NW China.
- hoggara (Geyr von Schweppenburg, 1916) - Hoggar and Aïr Massifs in S Sahara.
- rufescens (C. L. Brehm, 1855) - Dakhla and Kharga Oases in Egypt, as well as Faiyûm and parts of Nile Delta.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 43 videos
A close up of a bird, drinking and flying away Locality Jaulín, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain (ssp turtur)
Jesús Laborda 7 July 2007 5 years ago 30 sec 4.8
A bird on top of an argan tree, singing Locality Taffraoute, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco (ssp arenicola)
Josep del Hoyo 16 May 2006 6 years ago 51 sec 4.7
A bird beside a pond and flying away Locality Jaulín, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain (ssp turtur)
Jesús Laborda 29 May 2007 5 years ago 18 sec 4.6
a bird preening Locality Lower Austria, Austria
Andreas Gruber 17 July 2011 1 year ago 2 min 25 sec 4.3
A pair foraging. Locality Lake Volvi, Central Macedonia Region, Greece
Theo Mamais 30 May 2008 2 years ago 27 sec 4.3
An adult individual carrying material in its bill before flying to a presumed nest Locality Burgenland State, Austria (ssp turtur)
Malcolm Mark Swan 22 May 2006 5 years ago 18 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 27 photos
Locality Ramot, Golan Heights, Israel
Lior Kislev 18 June 2011 1 year ago 4.6
Migrant, in flight.
Locality Bu Jaydur, Western Sahara
Fran Trabalon 23 April 2012 1 year ago 4.6
On the ground
Locality Arakhiya Farm, Al Rayyan, Qatar
John A Thompson 30 April 2010 3 years ago 4.6
A bird on the ground.
Locality Muel, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain (ssp turtur)
Jesús Laborda 11 July 2011 1 year ago 4.3
Locality Sealine Beach Resort, Mesaieed, Al Wakrah, Qatar
John A Thompson 28 May 2010 2 years ago 4.3
Locality Petra, Lesbos Island, North Aegean Region, Greece (ssp turtur)
Paul Cools 18 April 2008 29 weeks ago 4.2
Perched, singing - also heard are piping notes from a wader Locality Birdland Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England, Great Britain
Joe Angseesing 5 March 2013 4 weeks ago 5
A male singing. Locality Forêt de Fontainebleau, France
Julien Rochefort 30 June 2006 3 years ago 0