European Turtle Dove
Scientific Name 
Streptopelia turtur
Arabic Name 
Kuwaiti name 
حمام بر
53.0 cm
28.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Common passage migrant and rare winter visitor; has bred in Kuwait. A fast flying dove, usually seen on passage in flocks. Up to 480 at Ahmadi farms in late April 1958. Considered a prized bird for shooters, numbers have declined, probably due to over-hunting.
Where in Kuwait 
Found in many areas in Kuwait during passage migration where there is suitable habitat, more often singly or in small flocks
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a declining population due to habitat loss and unsustainable levels of exploitation. It is a migratory species with a southern Palearctic range, including Turkey and north Africa and is native to Africa, Asia, and Europe. The scientific name turtur comes from the soft 'turr turr' call. Turtle Doves have become emblems of devoted love due to its mournful voice, and the fact that it forms strong pair bonds.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting during passage migration