Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)

Also known as the European Turtle Dove, the turtle dove is a species of dove that is widely distributed throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe. Turtle doves are summer migrants throughout Europe, mainly in the central and southern lowlands, and will winter in sub-Saharan Africa. Like other dove species turtle doves forage on the ground and feed mainly on seeds and occasionally small insects. On return from their wintering grounds in Africa in late April turtle doves will start breeding and around 2 young are usually reared by both the male and female.


Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Columbiformes-Columbidae-Streptopelia-S. turtur

Image: Yuvalr

Certainly not my best picture BUT it depicts someone special: A slightly disabled (ex broken wing) European Collared Dove who lives in a tree above a street café in southern France. I’ve been visiting this bird for 3 years now and I’m always pleased to see that my long-term feathered friend is still alive and kicking. :-D You can enjoy his/her full beauty on the next picture.

European Collared Dove ~ Türkentaube ~ Streptopelia decaocto

2013 © Jesse Alveo

African Collared Dove or Ringed Turtle-Dove?
Streptopelia roseogrisea

Houston, Texas, United States, 2014

I’m not entirely sure about this one. I initially identified it as the much more common Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto), but the pale coloration made me think twice, and the mottled coloration leads me believe this to is a in fact juvenile. African collared doves are not native to Texas, but a few feral populations have been established across the southern United States, most likely as a result of escaped pets. Both the African and European varieties are considered invasive species in the US.