EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE
Photo Credit: Billy Pope
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Streptopelia decaocto
OTHER NAMES: Ring-necked dove, ring dove, collared dove.
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. The call is of three notes “koo KOO koo.”
DISTRIBUTION: Eurasian Collared Dove is originally from Asia and was introduced in the
FEEDING HABITS: Eurasian Collared Doves feed on the ground, consuming mostly seeds and grains.
Hockachka, W. M. 2000. Eurasian Collared-Doves Heading Everywhere. Birdscope, Volume 14, Number 1: 15-16.
Romagosa, C. M. 2002. Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto). In The Birds of
Author: Ericha Shelton-Nix, Wildlife Biologist, May 2005