(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.