1S69. Streptopelia turtur arenieola

(1869) Streptopelia turtur arenicola (Hartert).
THE PERSIAN TURTLE-DOVE .
Streptopelia turtur arenicola, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v. p. 237.
The Persian Turtle-Dove breeds in Southern Persia, Arabia, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Yarkand, Gilgit and the North-West Frontier of India.
The only instance of this Dove breeding actually within our limits that has come to my knowledge is one with two eggs found by Whitehead beyond Dera Ismail Khan on the 7th April, 1903 : “Nest on thorny acacia about 8 feet from the ground.”
These two eggs measure 29.4 x 22.4 and 30.0 x 23.0 mm.
I have a fair series of this Dove’s eggs from round about Bagdad taken by Sir Percy Cox and Major Cheesman, and others taken by Cumming at Fao, The average of twenty-eight of these eggs is 29.9 x 23.4 mm. : maxima 51.4 x 22.3 and 30.3 x 23.0 mm. ; minima 29.0 x 21.2 mm.
One would have expected to find arenicola breeding at Quetta, but neither Williams, Betham nor Meinertzhagen report seeing it there.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
Title in Book: 
1S69. Streptopelia turtur arenieola
Spp Author: 
Hartert.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
159
Common name: 
Persian Turtle Dove
M_ID: 
4966
M_SN: 
Streptopelia turtur arenicola
Volume: 
Vol. 4
id: 
15045

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