1306. Turtur communis

1306. Turtur communis.

The Turtle-Dove.

Columba turtur, Linn, Syst. Nat. i, p. 284 (1766). Turtur communis, Selby, Nat. Libr., Ornith. v, pp. 153, 171 (1835), descr. nulla ; St. John, Ibis, 1889, p. 174. Turtur auritus, Bay, G. B. Gray, List Gen. B. p. 58 (1840) ; Hume & Henders. Lah. to Yark. p. 278 ; Scully, S. F. iv, p. 177; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 92; Scully, ibid. p. 585 ; Swinhoe, Ibis, 1882, p. 117. Turtur turtur, Salvadori, Cat. B. M. xxi, p. 396.

Coloration. Head and neck bluish grey above, and the tips of the black feathers forming the neck-patches white instead of grey; breast lilac rather than vinous ; abdomen white, the flanks ashy; whole outer webs of outermost pair of tail-feathers pure white like the tips ; lower tall-coverts also pure white. In other respects this species is identical with T. ferrago in colouring, but it is considerably smaller.

Bill greyish black ; orbital skin purple; irides orange-yellow; legs and feet purplish red; claws black (Scully).

Length about 11; tail 4.5 ; wing 6.5; tarsus .85; bill from gape .85.

Distribution. Migratory in the "Western Palaearctic region, visiting Northern Africa, Southern Persia, &c, in winter. This Dove ranges to the eastward as far as Yarkand and Kashghar. A few stragglers have been obtained at Gilgit and at Quetta, at both places in summer.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
1306. Turtur communis
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
1306
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
42
Common name: 
Turtle Dove
M_ID: 
4964
M_CN: 
European Turtle Dove
M_SN: 
Streptopelia turtur
Volume: 
Vol. 4
id: 
1847

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