896. Turtur isabellinus

896. ISABELLINE TURTLE-DOVE.
TURTUR ISABELLINUS.
Turtur isabellinus, Bp. Compt, rend, xliii. p. 942 ; Dresser, vii. p. 49, pl. 464, fig. 1 ; Salvadori, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxi. p. 400 ; T. sharpii, Shelley, Ibis, 1870, p. 447 ; id. B. of Egypt, p. 215, pl. 10, fig. 2.
Male ad. (Egypt). Differs from T. communis in being smaller, in having the head, hind neck, and upper parts generally tawny reddish brown, the head paler and ochreous in tinge ; wing-coverts broadly margined with warm rufescent ochreous brown ; rump and upper tail-coverts dark brown broadly margined with tawny brown ; tail without any blue tinge ; chin and upper throat pale brownish ochreous, gradually fading into deep coppery pink, and on the lower abdomen and under tail-coverts into white. Culmen 0.7, wing 6.0, tail 4.3, tarsus 0.8 inch.
Hab. North-east Africa, north to Cairo ; of doubtful occurrence in Asia Minor. In habits and nidification this species does not differ from T. communis, of which it is a desert form.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
896. Turtur isabellinus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
896
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
647
Common name: 
Isabelline Turtle Dove
M_ID: 
4968
M_SN: 
Streptopelia turtur rufescens
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10409

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