Ringed Turtle Doves

by jr
(Utah)

Question about ringed turtle doves. Have a pair that have been around our yard in Salt Lake City over the past winter. Have not seen ring turtle doves before, many mourning doves.

Unusual to be in Utah? Am certain about the identity.
Thanks

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Mar 18, 2013
Not common at all because they are non-native NEW
by: GaryE

It is always difficult when we do not have a picture couple that with the fact that I can not find much information about ringed turtle doves at all . . . because they are not a species native to North America. The only credible information I can find is from the Audubon society of Houston ( http://www.houstonaudubon.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Bird%20Gallery&newsletterid=963&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 ) which indicates that they are a non native species which can cross breed in the wild with Eurasian Collared Doves . . . but even if they do manage to escape from from someone's home (or are released) they do not do well in even the warmer climates of North America.

I guess it is possible that you had a neighbor who had them as pets and released them but from what I have read that is the only plausible explanation for you seeing them in the vicinity Salt Lake City -- and that explanation is skating on thin ice given how long you have seen them. I find it much more likely that you have a pair of Eurasian Collared Doves ( http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eurasian_collared-dove/id ) Take a look and see what you think!

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