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Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto


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Eurasian Collared-Dove
credit: Horia Varlan/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Columbidae, Pigeons and Doves view all from this family

Description ADULT Has mainly sandy brown plumage with pinkish flush to head and underparts. Black wingtips and white outer tail feathers are most noticeable in flight. Bill is dark and legs are reddish. JUVENILE Similar, but has duller color and black half collar is absent.

Dimensions Length: 13-14" (31-34 cm); Wngspn: 25-28" (63-70 cm)

Habitat Introduced to Bahamas in 1970s and has since spread across much of U.S.; range expansion mirrors that in Europe since 1950s. Often found in urban areas but also near farm buildings and grain spills.

Observation Tips Easy to see within range, which is expected to expand further.

Voice Utters repetitive (mildly irritating) song that comprises much-repeated oo-oo-oo phrase.

Discussion Similar to Mourning Dove but with shorter tail, unmarked upperparts and diagnostic dark half collar on nape. Distinctive call is well known in urban areas, as is gliding display flight performed on bowed, outstretched wings. Sexes are similar.