Oriental Turtle Dove

This species is defined as a Review Species . Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page .

Scientific Name: Streptopelia orientalis

Malay Name: Tekukur Emas Asia

Chinese Name: 山斑鸠

Range: 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.

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

Size: 31-33cm

Identification: 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: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak week Nov 26-Dec 02
Early date 28 Nov 2018
Late date 04 Feb 2023
One past record in Nov 2018 on St John's Island.


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.

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