ringed turtle dove

Ringed Turtle Dove

Streptopelia risoria


The Ringed Turtle Dove is gray in color with a darker gray back and a slightly lighter head and chest. There is a black band around the nape of the neck. Its eyes are dark red in color. Males and females are similar in appearance.


Adults are 10-11 inches in length, with a wingspan of about 20 inches. They weigh 4 to 6 ounces.



The diet of Ringed Turtle Doves consists of seeds, grains, and fruit. They have become accustomed to eating seeds provided by humans, and in many cases have become dependent on that food source. At Cosley Zoo, the dove is fed mealworms, insects, fruits and vegetables, and birdseed.


Ringed Turtle Doves mate for life and lay eggs several times each year. Females will lay 1 or 2 eggs per clutch (group of eggs). Both parents will incubate the eggs for 13 or 14 days, until they hatch. The young leave the nest about 2 weeks after hatching.

Shelter and Space Needs

Ringed Turtle Doves are non-native to Illinois. Wild populations have originated from birds that were released by pet owners or escaped. These groups of birds usually live in wooded areas, often near the humans that they rely on for food.

Life Expectancy

Captive Ringed Turtle Doves can live up to 20 years.

Importance to Man

Doves symbolize peace, and are often released during weddings. Ringed Turtle Doves are kept as pets throughout the world, and are sometimes used by magicians. In nature, these birds help to disperse seeds.

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