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What Is The Scientific Name Of European Turtle Dove? (ANSWER)

SCIENTIFIC NAME OF EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVE – In this topic, we are going to know and identify the scientific name of turtle dove.

SCIENTIFIC NAME OF EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVE
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It is a species of the doves and pigeons family Columbidae. It breeds over the south western Palearctic, which includes north Africa.

The turtle of its name came from the Old English turtla, from the Latin turtur, which is an onomatopoeic for the song and not akin to the reptile, the turtle itself.

It is easily recognized by its browner colour, and the black-and-white-striped patch on the side of its neck.

Answer

The binomial name of European turtle dove is Streptopelia turtur.

Streptopelia is a genus of the dove and pigeon family Columbidae. It is derived from the Ancient Greek streptos, which means “collar“, and peleia, which means “dove“. Combine them together and you get “collar dove”.

The specific name turtur, on the other hand and as mentioned above, is the Latin for “turtle” and as mentioned, is onomatopoeic for the song.

It has four subspecies:

  • Northern turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur turtur)
  • Persian turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur arenicola)
  • Saharan turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur hoggara)
  • Egyptian turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur rufescens)

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