European turtle dove

species of bird

The European turtle dove (also known as turtle dove) is a member of the Dove bird family. They are smaller than many other doves.

Girl holding a turtle dove

The turtle dove is native to Europe, Asia and Africa.

Turtle doves are talked about in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas".

There aren't as many of these birds in Europe as there used to be.[1]


  1. "Study reveals severe decline of Europe's common birds". The Guardian. Retrieved Jan. 11, 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)