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Streptopelia turtur Turtle-Dove Birds Aves Columbiformes Columbidae

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Origin : Italy

Age : adult

Stuffed Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur Birds Aves Columbiformes Columbidae, in rebulded Nest.
Particular preparation, only a piece, as in photo.

Family: Columbidae.
Common name: European Turtle Dove.

Syn. Columba turtur, Turtur communis.

The Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur, Linnaeus, 1758) is a bird of the Columbidae family.
The average size is 28 cm in length and 140 grams in weight. The black and white streaks on its neck make it easily distinguishable from similar species. Its song resembles that of an owl and is absolutely different from that of the Columba livia (pigeon). It is a granivorous bird. It lays only two eggs, which are hatched by both the female and the male. In Italy it can be observed almost everywhere; in fact it nests everywhere except the Alps. In winter, it migrates from Eurasia to Africa. Its preferential habitat is that of fields, in rural areas, where there are large trees on which to nest. Over time it has changed its habits and it is not uncommon to see it even on the outskirts of the city, as long as there are sufficient green areas. It has also been seen nesting on small plants on terraces and balconies, as long as it is not often disturbed. The discreet and systematic supply of grains makes it, over time, quite confident with humans. Four subspecies are known.

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