Oriental Turtle Dove

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)

Location: Only confirmed record at St John’s Island on 28 Nov 2018.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Streptopelia orientalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.