Oriental Turtle Dove

Oriental Turtle Dove
Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis, Chiayi County (23.398445, 120.610448), Taiwan, elev. 1160 m (3,810 ft.), February. Oriental Turtle Dove occurs over most of China. It is a common resident and passage migrant in suburban Shanghai. In urban Shanghai, Oriental Turtle Dove is less commonly noted than Spotted Dove Spilopelia chinensis. (Craig Brelsford)
A reliable criterion separating Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis meena (L panels) and European Turtle Dove S. turtur arenicola (R panels) is the reddish bare skin around the eye of the latter. The species co-occur in Xinjiang. Oriental: Baiyanggou (43.425000, 87.165528), Xinjiang, July. European: Beishawo (44.374603, 87.881042), Xinjiang, July. (Craig Brelsford)

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