Turtur is a small genus of doves native to Sub-Saharan Africa. Species in this genus are known as wood doves.

Wood doves
Turtur chalcospilos2.jpg
Emerald-spotted wood dove
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Subfamily: Columbinae
Genus: Turtur
Boddaert, 1783
Species

See text.

The genus Turtur was introduced in 1783 by the Dutch naturalist Pieter Boddaert to accommodate the blue-spotted wood dove (Turtur afer).[1][2] The word Turtur is Latin for "turtle dove".[3]

SpeciesEdit

The genus contains five species:[4]

Image Scientific name Common name Distribution
  Turtur chalcospilos Emerald-spotted wood dove eastern and southern Africa.
  Turtur abyssinicus Black-billed wood dove Africa just south of the Sahara Desert.
  Turtur afer Blue-spotted wood dove Africa south of the Sahel
  Turtur tympanistria Tambourine dove from Senegal east to Ethiopia and Kenya and southwards through eastern Africa to south-eastern South Africa
  Turtur brehmeri Blue-headed wood dove African tropical rainforest.


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Boddaert, Pieter (1783). Table des planches enluminéez d'histoire naturelle de M. D'Aubenton : avec les denominations de M.M. de Buffon, Brisson, Edwards, Linnaeus et Latham, precedé d'une notice des principaux ouvrages zoologiques enluminés (in French). Utrecht. p. 10 Number 160.
  2. ^ Peters, James Lee, ed. (1937). Check-list of Birds of the World. Volume 3. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 112.
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 393. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (2020). "Pigeons". IOC World Bird List Version 10.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 13 March 2020.