Species Details

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Oriental Turtle-Dove Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Streptopelia orientalis
Family : Columbidae
Order : Columbiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Rufous Turtle Dove, Eastern Rufous Turtle Dove
Habitat : Evergreen forest
Description : The Oriental Turtle Dove is a medium-sized dove with variegated upperparts (Adult bird length approximately 33 cm, weight 200 g, wing 18.7 cm, bill 2.3 cm, tarsus 2.6 cm, tail 13 cm). It has a brownish-grey to dusky maroon-pink head with a series of narrow black and white bands on the sides of the hind neck. The Oriental turtle dove occupies well-wooded but open habitats during the breeding season and shifts to more open areas with tree cover during winter. Breeding times vary, with a protracted season in temperate regions and winter breeding in southern India. Males perform a display by flapping their wings and gliding with an outspread tail. Nests are constructed in about two days, with males gathering materials and females placing them. The nests, placed at mid-canopy height, are relatively more substantial compared to other doves. Incubation is shared, with males incubating during the day and females at night. Two white eggs are laid, and incubation begins immediately after the first egg is laid. Chicks hatch in 15 to 16 days and fledge in approximately 15 to 17 days. Both parents feed the altricial chicks with crop milk. Multiple broods may be raised, and nests may be reused by the pair or other individuals. Granivorous, the Oriental turtle dove primarily feeds on the seeds of various plants like hemp, sunflower, wheat, millet, and amaranth. They also consume gastropods and forage on the ground.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:Syed Abbas (Birdwing,Bangladesh);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Gilles Monfort(www.xeno-canto.org/Gilles Monfort), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.