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Description of the Eurasian Collared-Dove

BREEDING MALE

The Eurasian Collared-Dove is larger than the Mourning Dove, with a long, rounded tail, and pale grayish plumage.  It is named for its black collar.  Length: 13 in.  Wingspan: 22 in.

Eurasian Collared Dove gl
Photograph © Greg Lavaty.

Eurasian Collared Dove flight gl
Photograph © Greg Lavaty.

Female

Sexes similar.

Seasonal change in appearance

None.

Juvenile

Juveniles are similar to adults, but lack a complete black collar.

Habitat

Farmland, open country, and neighborhoods of towns, especially small towns with grain elevators.

Diet

Primarily seeds, but probably also some insects and berries.

Behavior

Forages on the ground, often in flocks.

Range

Eurasian Collared-Doves are not native to the U.S.  They were accidentally introduced to the Bahamas in the 1970s, and have since spread to Florida and then rapidly north and west throughout most of the U.S.  The population has increased dramatically since it began its colonization of North America.

The range map on this site was representative at one time but the doves have continued to expand their range.

Fun Facts

Biologists are watching to see if the rapid colonization of North America by collared-doves will have any negative effects on native bird species

Vocalizations

The song is a three-syllable coo.

Nesting

The nest is a flimsy platform of twigs, usually placed in a tree but sometimes on a manmade structure.

Number: Usually 2 eggs.
Color: White.

Incubation and fledging:
The young hatch at about 14 days, and leave the nest in another 18 days, though continuing to associate with the adults for some time.