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The European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) is a migratory member of the genus Columbidae, which includes doves and pigeons. It is a summer breeding resident in Europe (including the Canary Islands), parts of the Middle East, as well as western Asia and north Africa. It is absent as a breeding species from Iceland, Ireland (formally bred) and most of Scandinavia but does occur in spring and autumn as an uncommon/rare overshooting migrant. Over much of its northern range, there has been a very sharp decline in its population. In the autumn, it migrates south to spend the winter in southern Africa.
Patrick J. O'Keeffe / Raw Birds
Friday 29 March 2013
EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVE (Streptopelia turtur) juvenile at Glen West, Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Co. Cork, Ireland
Labels: Birds of Cape Clear, Birds of Cork, Birds of Europe, Birds of Ireland, Cape Clear Island, Co.Cork, Doves, European Turtle Dove, Ireland, Irish Birds, October, Streptopelia turtur, Turtle Dove