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Turtle Dove

A species that has dramatically declined in recent years and now found in very few places in Dorset.

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Common Name Turtle Dove
Scientific Name Streptopelia turtur
Species Group Birds Pigeons and Doves
Status Scarce
Interest Level
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The gentle purring song coming from dense cover

Identification Notes
  • Now sadly very rare everywhere with few nesting sites in Dorset
  • A little smaller than a wood pigeon but much browner and without the white markings
  • More often heard than seen with their gentle purring song quite unmistakable once learned 
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Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Birds Pigeons and Doves