18 Jan 2009

Streptopelia orientalis

When I started birding in Hong Kong in the 1980s we used to cheerfully call this "Rufous Turtle Dove". But, ornithological progress being what it is, this is now split as "Oriental Turtle Dove". I believe this species has turned up in Finland, where observant Finns have noticed the difference between this and European Turtle Dove. I read about it in the now-defunct Alula magazine.

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