European Turtle-dove Streptopelia turtur


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Dunn, J .C.; Grice, P. V.; Morris, A. J. 2015. Testing bespoke management of foraging habitat for European turtle doves Streptopelia turtur. Journal for Nature Conservation 25: 23-34.

Dunn, J .C.; Grice, P. V.; Morris, A. J. 2016. Post-fledging habitat selection in a rapidly declining farmland bird, the European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur. Bird Conservation International: DOI: (in press).

Dunn, J. C.; Morris, A. J. 2012. Which features of UK farmland are important in retaining territories of the rapidly declining Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur? Bird Study 59: 394-402.

Eraud, C.; Boutin, J.-M.; Riviere, M.; Brun, J.; Barbraud, C.; Lormee, H. 2009. Survival of Turtle Doves Streptopelia turtur in relation to western Africa environmental conditions. Ibis 151: 186-190.

Hanane, S. 2016. Effects of location, orchard type, laying period and nest position on the reproductive performance of Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) on intensively cultivated farmland. Avian Res. 7(4): DOI 10.1186/s40657-016-0039-0.

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Further resources

Detailed species account from Birds in Europe: population estimates, trends and conservation status (BirdLife International 2004)

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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Streptopelia turtur. Downloaded from on 13/11/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 13/11/2019.