Oriental Turtle-Dove

Streptopelia orientalis

There are only six records of this species from North America (five from Alaska and one from Vancouver Island). The single Saint Paul record was furnished by an individual that lingered along the roadside near the Zapadnie Seal Blind from June 23-July 18, 1984. Apparently this individual was usually seen sitting near patches of melting snow on the slope of Zapadnie Hill. This large dove is unmistakable, with its scaled upperparts, red eye, and black and white neck stripes. The dark tail has a terminal pale gray band and the belly is a soft pink-gray. No other species of Columbid has occurred on Saint Paul, although sooner or later a ship-assisted Rock Pigeon is likely inevitable.


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