Oriental Turtle-Dove

Scientific name: Streptopelia orientalis
Mongolian name: Дорнын хүүрзгэнэ
Order: Columbiformes
Bird family: Columbidae (Pigeons, doves)
Conservation status: LC


Key information

The oriental turtle dove (Streptopelia orientalis) is a member of the bird family Columbidae. It shares the black and white striped patch on the side of its neck made of silver-tipped feathers, but the breast is less pink, and the orange-brown wing feathers of the turtle dove are replaced with a browner hue, and darker centres giving a scaly appearance. The tail is wedge shaped, like the turtle dove.

Length : 33–35 cm

Wingspan: 53-62 cm

Weight : 165–274 g

Population : The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as generally common.

Habitat: Oriental turtle dove breeds in well-wooded but open habitats and winters in more open habitats but usually with good tree cover.

Diet: feeds on the seeds of hemp, sunflower, wheat, millet and amaranth.