900. Turtur senegalensis

900. Senegal Turtle-Dove.
TURTUR SENEGALENSIS.
Turtur senegalensis (Linn.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 283 (1766) ; Salvadori, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxi. p. 448 : Dresser, vii. p. 55, pl. 465 ; T. oegyptiacus, Lath. Ind. Orn. ii. p. 607 (1790).
Male ad. (Egypt). Head and neck purplish pink ; back and scapulars warm brown, becoming clay rufous on the inner wing-coverts ; lower back, rump, upper wing-coverts and secondaries greyish plumbeous ; primaries blackish ; upper tail-coverts and middle tail-feathers greyish brown, the rest bluish grey, becoming blackish, and then slate-grey at the end, the outer ones having the terminal half white ; a broad collar round the front and sides of the neck black tipped with yellowish coppery ; chest pinky vinous, gradually fading into white towards the vent ; bill dusky, with a reddish shade towards the base ; legs and feet pinkish red ; iris orange- red ; eyelids lilac-red. Culmen 0.75, wing 5.8, tail 4.7, tarsus 0.85 inch. Female similar, but paler in colour. The young bird is much duller, and lacks the collar.
Hab. Africa from Egypt to the Cape, Socotra, the Canary Islands ; Palestine, Greece, and Turkey.
In its general habits it is very sociable and tame, especially in Mohametan countries, where it is never molested, and is found in trees, groves, and gardens. Its nest is a mere platform of sticks or twigs, and is placed in a tree or bush, or even on the ground, and the 2 eggs are pure white, measuring about 1.19 by 0.92, and are generally deposited in March.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
900. Turtur senegalensis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
900
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
650
Common name: 
Senegal Turtle Dove
M_ID: 
5013
M_CN: 
Laughing Dove
M_SN: 
Spilopelia senegalensis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10774

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