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Set B1 - British Birds - card information

19. The Turtle Dove
(Streptopelia turtur)

19. The Turtle Dove

The Turtle Dove is one of the most charming of the pigeon tribe. It is a migrant, returning late to our fields and thickets. May is often here before its deep-throated coo comes floating through the air and we see its pretty mottled brown form set off by a white collar round the throat. It makes a fragile platform in hedge or bush, lays two white eggs and hereon rears its fat ugly squabs. For a while its sleepy beautiful coo delights us, then it falls silent, and soon parents and offspring are away overseas.