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Eurasian-collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Streptopelia decaocto

Description:

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 under wing 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 brown iris.

Habitat:

Collared Doves typically breed close to human habitation wherever food resources are abundant and there are trees for nesting; almost all nests are within a kilometre of inhabited buildings. The female lays two white eggs in a stick nest, which she incubates during the night and which the male incubates during the day.

Notes:

This dove appears to be a variant - coloring is unlike any ringed dove I have seen. Originally believed to be ring-necked dove

1 Species ID Suggestions

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago
Eurasian-collared Dove
Streptopelia decaocto Eurasian Collared Dove


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carlk25
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carlk25

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Oct 31, 2013
Submitted on Oct 31, 2013

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