Turtle doves often crop up in verse as symbols of devoted love, though feeding your chicks on regurgitated food doesn't carry quite such an air of romance! In spite of their place in poetic tradition, turtle doves are shot in huge numbers during their long migration between Europe and Africa. Their common name is taken from their gentle, purring song and has nothing to do with reptiles. The 'turr turr' call is one of the UK's most evocative summer sounds, but is becoming frighteningly rare.
Scientific name: Streptopelia turtur
European turtle dove
The following habitats are found across the Turtle dove distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
The Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur), also known as the European Turtle Dove, is a member of the bird family Columbidae, the doves and pigeons.
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