Turtle Dove Facts
Scientific name: Streptopelia turtur
Family: Pigeons and doves (Columbidae)
Wingspan: 49 - 55cm (19 1/2 - 22")
Diet: Seeds form a large part of the turtle dove's diet
Feed with: turtle dove love to feed on seed. We recommend niger seed.
Habitat: Can be located in hedgerows, woodland and scattered bushes. The turtle dove's habitat is mainly southern England.
Lifespan: 2 Years
Turtle Dove Characteristics
THE TURTLES DOVE IS smaller and slightly darker than the collared dove. It features a pinkish throat and breast with a white mark on the neck.
THE EVOCATIVE, PURRING SOUND of the turtle dove is a sure sign of summer, and this sultry tone is often a sign that summer is here. Listen to the sound in the audio payer below.
Turtle Dove Feeding
Turtle Dove Audio
Turtle Dove Breeding & Nesting
TURTLE DOVES BEGIN BREEDING IN APRIL-MAY and produce oval-shaped eggs that are smooth and shiny, the incubation period of which lasts between 13 - 14 days. The duty of incubation is shared between the male and female, both of whom contribute to the feeding of the young once hatched.
Similar to collared doves, turtle doves' nests are a flimsy affair, made of a rough collection of twigs.