The specific plumage makes it hard to confuse. The head is gray head and feathers on the back of the head shows delicate edges. The sides of the neck have black and white stripes spread over 3 or 4 rows. The neck and chest are gray-lilac-pink or gray-pink. The lower abdomen is whitish.
Long, rounded, black tail with white edges.
The beak is black and the legs are cherry-red.
The european turtle dove has yellow eyes, surrounded by a red ring.
The flight is fast, arrows, making it difficult to hunt ( from this point of view).
Length: approximately 26 to 28 cm.
Wingspan: about 48-55 cm.
Weight: 130-180 grams.
Granivorous food: seeds and grains. In much smaller scale, the european turtle dove feeds on mollusks and insects (about 3% of the feed).
In autumn, during migration, flocks of turtle doves invades sunflower crops or millet, and this can cause significant damages.
The european turtle sove swallows small stones for an easy digestion?
The female lays only two eggs, two series each year, and chickens are flying just a month after hatching?
The european turtle dove prefers to take the seeds ripen from the plant directly, rather than to graze them from the ground?