Name: Turtle Dove
Scientific name: Streptopelia turtur
Nature Stars: 70
About: A small pigeon, a little bit smaller than Collared Dove. The back is orangey brown with a tortoiseshell pattern of black, with a bluey grey head, pinky chest and three or four black and white stripes forming a patch on the side of the neck. Turtle Doves ha
How to identify: Much more colourful than the Collared Dove. They also sound different: Turtle Doves have a purring 'turrr turrr turr' song, compared to the familiar 'hoo hoooo-hoo' of the Collared Dove.
Where: Found throughout England and the lowlands of Wales. Declining.
Fantastic fact: Turtle Doves are summer visitors, spending the winter in Africa. They must've been very lucky to find two Turtle Doves to go with the three French Hens and the Partridge in the Pear Tree at Christmas.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc