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Turtle Dove: Birds of Britain

Posted in Animals, Birds, Wildlife on Monday, 31 January 2011

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Turtle Dove – Birds of Britain

The sleepy crooning of the turtle dove is a typical sound of summer in the countryside. This dove only visits from April to September, feeding mostly on the seeds of the fumitory, a weed of arable land. Smaller than other British pigeons, the turtle dove is easily identifiable by orange and dark chequered upperparts, a black and white striped patch on the neck, rosy breast plumage, and a white barred tail.

This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 901 published on 28 April 1979. Click on a picture to find out more about licensing images for commercial or personal/educational use. We are also able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.

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