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The European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) is a migratory member of the family Columbidae, which includes doves as well as pigeons and is in the genus Streptopelia. 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.
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