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Oriental Turtle Dove

Streptopelia orientalis


The oriental turtle-dove (Streptopelia orientalis), also known as the rufous turtle-dove, is most easily identified by the distinctive patch of black and whitish stripes on either side of its neck. The oriental turtle-dove’s upperparts are reddish-brown, with some of the wing feathers having almost black centres and whitish or reddish edges, resulting in an overall ‘scaly’ appearance. The underparts are pinkish and the dark tail feathers are tipped with pale grey. The feet are red and the bill is grey. It is hard to distinguish between the male and female oriental turtle-dove. However, juveniles usually lack the distinctive neck patches and are paler in colour. The call of the oriental turtle-dove is a four-note 'goo-goo-goo-goo'.


Lives mostly in taiga. Around most countries of Asia and India.

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1 Comment

johnoh2009 9 years ago

It looked bit hurt... awww :(

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서울특별시 (Seoul), Republic of Korea

Spotted on Sep 16, 2012
Submitted on Sep 16, 2012

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