Spotted turtle-dove

In the Northern Territory (NT), the spotted turtle-dove is found in Alice Springs. It is common in eastern and southern Australia, particular in major towns and cities.

Spotted turtle-doves are common in urban areas, where you can see them in parks, gardens and agricultural areas. They eat grains and seeds, but in cities they will also eat scraps and commercial foods.


Spotted turtle-doves compete with native species for food and habitat. 

Spotted turtle-doves may also carry parasites and disease, which can threaten native birds.


If you have a problem with spotted turtle-doves around your house you can try the following options:

  • avoid feeding your pets outside, as this attracts spotted turtle-doves
  • always cover chicken pens to keep spotted turtle-doves out.

Last updated: 05 February 2019

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