Eurasian Collared-Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

EUCD

Code 6

STRDEC

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Eurasian Collared-Dove is a terrestrial bird species that has a current rating of Least Concern. This rating was downgraded from a previous rating of Lower Risk in 2000. The range of the Eurasian Collared-Dove is about 10 million square kilometers. The population of this bird species is estimated at possibly 22 million individual birds. This bird species is native to numerous countries throughout the world, particularly in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. At the current time, the range and population of the Eurasian Collared-Dove is sufficient enough for no immediate concern to be warranted.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Eurasian Collared-Dove: Medium dove, pale gray overall with darker cinnamon-brown wash over back. Nape is ringed with half-black collar that does not extend to throat. Wings are mottled gray with dark primaries. Tail is long, broad, edged with white (black near base). Pink legs, feet.

 

Range and Habitat

Eurasian Collared-Dove: Native of India, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar; also widespread in Europe. Introduced to the Bahamas, spread to Florida, and has increased its range across much of the U.S., into extreme southern Canada and northern Mexico, though largely absent from the northeastern states. May be displacing native doves.

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Eurasian Collared-Dove SONGS AND CALLS

Eurasian Collared-Dove W1

Typical song.

Eurasian Collared-Dove E1

Song is a "coo-COO-cook".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"hoo-hoooo-hoo", "krreeeew", "hwaah", "krreair"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Eurasian Collared-Dove is one of two species that have been argued to be the wild ancestor of the domestic Barbary Dove.
  • Their scientific name, Streptopeleia decaocto, literally means a collar (streptos) dove (peleia). In Greek mythology, Decaocto was an overworked, underpaid servant girl. The gods heard her prayers for help and changed her into a dove so she could escape her misery. The dove’s call still echoes the mournful cries of her former life.
  • Introduced into the Bahamas in the 1970s, some migrated to Florida in the 1980s. They went unnoticed at first because they look much like the Ringed Turtle-Dove. It wasn't until the mid-1980s that ornithologists realized the suddenly prolific and quickly spreading "turtle-doves" they were watching were actually Eurasian Collared-Doves. Their impact on native species is unknown; some have suggested that their spread represents exploitation of a niche made available by the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.
  • A group of doves has many collective nouns, including a "bevy", "cote", "dole", "dule", and "flight" of doves.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

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CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
PrimariesX
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
CereX
Also called the operculum, it is a smooth and featherless patch of skin located where the beak attaches to the forehead.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X