Streptopelia decaocto - Collared Dove

Streptopelia decaocto - Collared Dove

The Collared Dove sometimes called the Eurasion Collared Dove is a relativly newcomer to England having no breeding pairs being recorded before 1950. Its not to be confused with the Ring Dove which appears to be a common name for a number of other birds in the Dove family including the Barbary Dove and the Wood Pigeon.

The dark half ring or collar does not go all the way round the neck. It differs from the Barbary Dove, which is a domesticated Dove with a paler cream coloured body and lacks the blackish wing tips that the Collared Dove has.

The Collared Dove mainly eats seed and cereal grain like millet, sunflower, wheat, and corn. They also eat some berries and the young tips of my vegtable plants each spring. When not in my vegtable plot they will often sit on top of the gazebo or shed watching and waiting for the smaller birds on the feeder to scatter the seeds on the ground and then they will drop to the ground to feed.

They are also often to be seen around houses and towns sitting of the telephone wires or TV aerials.

Their nests are usually at least 12 feet above ground level and usually a brood consists of 2 glossy white eggs with as many as 4 or 5 broods a year.

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