Eurasian Collared Dove

It is a medium sized dove, distinctly smaller than the Wood Pigeon, similar in length to a Rock Pigeon but slimmer and longer-tailed, and slightly larger than the related Turtle Dove, 30–33 cm long from tip of beak to tip of tail, with a wingspan of 47–55 cm, and a weight of 125–240 g. It is grey-buff to pinkish-grey overall, a little darker above than below, with a blue-grey underwing patch. The tail feathers are grey-buff above, and dark grey tipped white below; the outer tail feathers also tipped whitish above. It has a black half-collar edged with white on its nape from which it gets its name. The short legs are red and the bill is black. The iris is red, but from a distance the eyes appear to be black, as the pupil is relatively large and only a narrow rim of reddish-brown iris can be seen around the black pupil. The eye is surrounded by a small area of bare skin, which is either white or yellow. The two sexes are virtually indistinguishable; juveniles differ in having a poorly developed collar, and a br

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The Eurasian Collared Dove is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Eurasian Collared Dove, originally from Asia, is a new species in the USA. It was introduced to the Bahama Islands in 1975, spread to Florida, and is expanding its range across the USA. Populations are established in many eastern and midwestern states well into the Great Plains region. Nesting records and sightings are now being reported in Indiana. The birds shown here are part of a small breeding colony established in Lebanon, Indiana, about 20 miles NW of Indianapolis. More

The Eurasian Collared Dove is one of two species (the other, and the more likely, being the African Collared Dove, Streptopelia roseogrisea) that have been argued to be the wild ancestor of the domestic Barbary Dove, S. risoria. It is able to interbreed with the Barbary Dove. Collared Dove Collared Dove Description: This is a small dove, buff grey with a darker back and a blue-grey wing patch. The tail feathers are tipped white. More

Eurasian Collared Doves in Winter Weather January 2007 - Photo by Linda Jacobson of Leander, Texas - Several people have written in wondering about the identification of this dove. Most people believe they are looking at the domesticated ringneck but are surprised because these birds are being found in areas that have cold winter climates. The domesticated ringneck does not do well in areas that have temperatures below freezing. More

The Eurasian collared doves are slightly larger than the common ringneck or Barbary dove. Their upper bodies have a tan color and the lower body is also tan but with a slightly grayer cast. There is a black ring bordered with a narrow white strip on the back of its neck. The under tail feather have a black base and as mentioned above this base extends into two thin spikes on each edge of the tail. More

The Eurasian Collared Dove is slightly larger, pale, has a red eye, and a thin black “collar” on the back of its neck. Its tail is broad and blunt, and the undertail coverts are gray. The Eurasian Collared-Dove is a well-established exotic in the Southeast, and is likely to expand to the Northeast. The Ringed Turtle-Dove can look almost exactly the same, except its undertail coverts are white. If it shows up, it will be an escapee. More

* Eurasian Collared Dove resting on a lighting pole near my house2:57 * Ajouter à la file d'attente Ajoutée à la file d'attente Eurasian Collared Dove resting on a lighting po... More

DESCRIPTION: Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) is a relatively large dove (11-12 in.), light gray in color with pinkish tint on the breast and a distinctive black collar that is edged in white around the base of neck. The tail is squared off with the central tail feathers gray and outer half white with a prominent black base. The bill is black, eyes deep red and legs and feet are red. Juveniles resemble adults and it is difficult to distinguish between the sexes. More

The Eurasian Collared Dove is one of two species (the other, and the more likely, being the African Collared Dove, Streptopelia roseogrisea) that have been argued to be the wild ancestor of the domestic Barbary Dove, S. risoria. It is able to interbreed with the Barbary Dove. More

he keep a weather eye out for Eurasian Collared Dove, as it is expanding its range up the East Coast from Florida. I remarked that I had even seen several, unexpectedly, on the east Texas coast this April. Amazingly, he casually told me that there WAS one frequenting a nursery on the Easthampton/Amagansett, LI, line, not 15 miles from where our boat was soon to dock. Flabbergasted, I asked when it had been found, somewhat puzzled that I had not heard about it. More

The Eurasian Collared Dove is distinctly larger than the Ringed Turtle-Dove. Eurasian Collared-Dove (top) Note pale gray patches and dark primary flight feathers. Ringed Turtle-Dove (bottom) Note plain pale brown and gray upperparts. More

Eurasian Collared Dove is included in the Wikipedia for Schools, see Eurasian Collared Dove at Schools Wikipedia. Please maintain high quality standards; if you are an established editor your last version in the article history may be used so please don't leave the article with unresolved issues, and make an extra effort to include free images, because non-free images cannot be used on the DVDs. Source for history in U.S.: . For northern European range, lots of Web sites. More

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Order : Columbiformes
Family : Columbidae
Genus : Streptopelia
Species : decaocto
Authority : (Frivaldszky, 1838)