Eurasian Collared Dove

The Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) is a medium-sized bird. It is closely related to the Island Collared Dove, the African Collared Dove, and the Spotted Turtle-Dove.

The Eurasian Collared Dove has a long tail, and a slim pinkish-grey body that is darker above and paler below, with a blue-grey underwing patch. It has a black half-collar around its neck. Its tail is grey-buff above and dark grey underneath. It has short reddish legs, a black beak, and red eyes (but from a distance, its eyes look black). It has white or yellow bare skin around its eyes. 

Eurasian Collared Dove (juvenile)

It grows to 28-32 centimetres (11-12.5 inches) tall.

It is native to Europe and Asia. It prefers urban areas near humans, such as parks and gardens, as well as open woodlands and forests. It is not migratory—it is residential.

It feeds on the ground, looking for seeds, grains, and small insects.

The Eurasian Collared Dove may be seen in flocks, called parties, of 10-50 individuals, but it is mostly seen in pairs. It is monogamous, forming a pair for life.

It nests in trees. The nest is made of twigs. The female lays 2 eggs. She sits on the eggs during the night and the male sits on the eggs during the day. The eggs hatch after 14-18 days. 

The juveniles have brown eyes and do not have the black collar until they are an adult. They gain all of their flight feathers after 15-19 days. 

Eurasian Collared Dove (juvenile)
Eurasian Collared Dove (juvenile)
Eurasian Collared Dove (juvenile)

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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