Oriental Turtle Dove

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Scientific Name: Streptopelia orientalis
Malay Name: Tekukur Emas Asia
Chinese Name: 山斑鸠

Breeding Range: Siberia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indian subcontinent, Tibet, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. In South-east Asia, resident in Myanmar, Thailand. Winter visitor to Myanmar, Thailand and Indochina.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: meena, orientalis, stimpsoni, erythrocephala, agricola.

Size: 31-33cm

Resemble Spotted Dove but larger, bulkier, and darker overall. Barred rather than spotted side of neck. Bluish-grey crown. Rufous fringes to lower mantle and wing coverts. Broader rufous fringes to scapulars. Bluish-slate rump and uppertail coverts.

Similar looking species: Spotted Dove

Habitat: Open forest, secondary growth, scrub and plantation.


Local Status: Very rare vagrant.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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BirdLife International. (2016). Streptopelia orientalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22690439A93273750.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.