Streptopelia turtur (European turtle-dove, Eurasian turtle-dove) 

Europese tortelduif [Afrikaans]; Tortelduif, Zomertortel [Dutch]; Tourterelle des bois [French]; Turteltaube [German]; Rola-europeia [Portuguese]

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Streptopelia turtur (European turtle-dove, Eurasian turtle-dove)   

European turtle-dove, Kuwait. [photo rashed11112 ]


Distribution and habitat

Breeds in Europe, western Asia and the far north of Africa, heading south in the non-breeding season to the Sahel, from Mali to Ethiopia. It is a rare vagrant to southern Africa, with four records in northern Namibia, Botswana, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park and the Limpopo Province. It generally prefers open bushwillow (Combretum) and Acacia savanna, coastal bush, orchards, parks and gardens.


In Senegal and Gambia it mainly eats grasses, Devil thorn (Tribulus terrestris), crops and sedge rhizomes, doing most of its foraging on the ground.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 



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