1869. Streptopelia turtur arenicola

(1869) Streptopelia turtur arenicola.

THE PERSIAN TURTLE-DOVE.

Turtur turtur arenicola Hartert, Nov. Zool., 1894, p. 42 (Fao, Persia). Turtur communis. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 42 (part.).

Vernacular names. Turul ghu (Turki).

Description. Similar to the preceding bird but much paler and more brightly coloured; the upper back and adjoining parts are bright pale cinnamon ; the vinaceous tint of the lower parts paler and cleaner; the black-patch feathers more broadly edged with pale grey.

Colours of soft parts as in the European Turtle-Dove. Measurements. Wing 161 to 181 mm.; " weight 4.4 oz. " (Scully).

Distribution. Southern Persia, Arabia, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Yarkand, G-ilgit and the borders of the North-West Provinces.

Nidification. Scully found this Dove breeding freely during May and June in Yarkand, making a frail nest like that of its European cousin in willows and other trees, some 7 to 10 feet from the ground. Cumming took a good many eggs at Fao in June and Cox and Cheeseman found it breeding in large numbers in Bagdad in the same month. Twenty-eight eggs average 29.9 x 22.4 mm.: maxima 31.4: x 22.3 and 30.3 X 23.0 mm.; minima 29.0 X 21.2 mm.

Habits. Those of the species.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.5 1928.
Title in Book: 
1869. Streptopelia turtur arenicola
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1869
Year: 
1928
Page No: 
237
Common name: 
Persian Turtle Dove
M_ID: 
4966
M_SN: 
Streptopelia turtur arenicola
Volume: 
Vol. 5
id: 
4545

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