European Turtle-dove

The European Turtle-dove is a migratory species that spends its non-breeding season in southern Africa. The population in Europe is thought to have fallen by 62% in recent years. This is partly due to changes in farming practices and partly due to shooting of birds in Mediterranean countries during their migration. The European Turtle-dove, one of the latest migrants, rarely appears in Northern Europe before the end of April, returning south again in September.

Turtle-doves have become emblems of devoted love and is featured in a number of folk songs about love and loss.

Range Map for European Turtle-dove along the African-Eurasian Flyway showing breeding range (red) and non-breeding range (green).