Eurasian Collared-dove

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Common Name: Eurasian Collared-dove
Scientific Name: Streptopelia decaocto

Size: 11.4-11.8 inches (29-30 cm)

Habitat: Worldwide; The Eurasian Collared-Dove has exploded across the globe. It is thought that the species occurred historically only in and around India, and that a massive expansion in the 1600s brought it into Turkey and the Balkans. It spread across Europe in the 1900s. It was introduced in the Bahamas In the late 1970’s and has spread rapidly across much of North America with 2001 sightings on the California coast and 2009 sightings in Alaska.

It prefers urban, suburban, and agricultural areas where grain or seed is available.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 20,000,000 - 50,000,000 Mature individuals. The population is suspected to be increasing as ongoing habitat degradation is creating new areas of suitable habitat. In Europe, trends since 1980 show that populations have undergone a moderate increase.

Diet: Seeds and grain; occasional insects.

Breeding: Juvenile similar to adult, but has reddish edges to body feathers, brown eyes, and brownish red legs.

Eurasian Collared-Doves are monogamous and may have 3-6 broods per year, They create a simple saucer-shaped nest of twigs and plant fibers in trees and on buildings. 1-2 smooth, glossy, oval; white eggs are laid.

Cool Facts: The Eurasian Collared-Dove is often kept as a pet. The occurrence of the species in some areas of the United States can be traced not to the dispersal of wild breeders, but to escaped or released cage birds.

The domesticated Ringed Turtle-Dove is similar to the Eurasian Collared-Dove, and it frequently escapes or is released from captivity. The occurrence of the first Eurasian Collared-Doves in the United States went unnoticed for quite a while because of confusion with feral Ringed Turtle-Doves. The two species occasionally hybridize in wild populations.

Found in Songbird ReMix European Edition 2

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