True love is in the air....
It is very fitting that in this traditional Christmas song that their true love is giving them turtle doves, since pairs of turtle doves are a sign of love around the world. Not only are turtle doves a sign of love, they are pretty cool birds.
A mature turtle dove has a blue grey head and neck with light brown wings mottled with black. Its throat and sides of its face are a light pink. It has a distinctive white and black patch on its neck. It is a pretty small bird that reaches about 24 cm (that’s about 9.5 inches) in height and had a wingspan between 47 cm and 53 cm (18.5 in to 21 in).
The European turtle dove has been involved in some pretty serious events in world history. To find out more about these events and about the turtle dove in general, like who its closest relative is, search around on my site. If you want to find more about other cool organisms go to MultipleOrganisms.net. I promise there are going to be some other pretty cool ones on there.
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