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Valdetórtola (Municipality, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

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Presentation of Valdetórtola

The municipality of Valdetórtola (154 inhabitants in 2015; 10,321 ha) is located 30 km south of Cuenca. The municipality is composed of the villages of Tórtola (43 inh.), Valdeganga de Cuenca (101 inh.), and Olmedilla de Arcas (10 inh.).

Tórtola was named for the turtle doves (tórtolas) that lived in the area. Several local toponyms provide evidence for a rich avifauna: Cerro del Palomar (Pigeon-house's hill), Cerro de Las Pajaritas (Small Birds' Hill), Fuente del Pájaro (Bird's Fountain), Hoya del Tordo (Thrush's Hollow).
Valdeganga is indeed "valle de las gangas", the pin-tailed sandgrouse's valley.
[Tórtola Web]

Ivan Sache, 5 July 2019

Symbols of Valdetórtola

The flag and arms of Valdetórtola are prescribed by Order No. 195, issued on 13 November 2017 by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha and published on 28 November 2017 in the official gazette of Castilla-La Mancha, No. 230, p. 30,447 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Horizontally tierced, in the following colors: yellow in the upper third, white in the central third, and green in the lower third. In the central, white third is placed in the middle the municipal coat of arms. The proportions of the panel shall be 2:3.
Coat of arms: Spanish shield. Per fess, 1. Argent a pin-tailed sandgrouse and a turtle dove affronty, 2. Or an elm proper. The shield surmounted by a Spanish Royal crown.

The three charges represent the three villages forming Valdetórtola:
- a pin-tailed sandgrouse [Pterocles alchata (Linnaeus, 1766)], in Spanish, ganga, for Valdeganga;
- a turtle dove (tórtola) for Tórtola;
- an elm (olmo) for Olmedilla de Arcas.

Ivan Sache, 5 July 2019