The weak bill, small head, short neck, plump body, long tail and (presumably) short legs of last month's mystery bird (plate 64, repeated here) instantly identify it as a pigeon or dove. Most readers will have progressed farther immediately, by noticing the bird's dark-centred wing-coverts, scapulars and tertials and multi-striped neck patch, which narrow the choice to Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtu


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