Red Turtle Doves or Red Collared Doves

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Red Turtle DoveDistribution / Habitat:

The Red Turtle Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica), also known as the Red Collared Dove, is a small pigeon which is a resident breeding bird in the tropics from India and China to Southeast Asia, Indochina and Taiwan. They can be found in flatland open forest, farmlands and even human settlements.


General description:

This species of dove, with a round body and short tail, measures 23 centimetres. Males have a black bill, grey head with a dark stripe on the back of the neck, red-brown body, black wing and tail tips and a pinkish light brown underside.

Females are dull brown.


Diet:

They feed on seeds.


Breeding:

Mating takes place from April to July. Their bulare nests are built on tree branches using twigs. Each clutch usually consists of two white eggs.


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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