Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

Scientific name: Streptopelia decaocto

Family: pigeons and doves (Columbidae)

Wingspan: 47 - 55cm (19 - 22")

Diet: Mainly seeds and grain

Feed with: Small bird seed, increasingly more from handing feeders with trays. They will also feed on bread crumbs from bird tables.

Habitat: Collared doves are common visitors to the British garden. They can also be spotted around town and village centres.

Lifespan: 3 Years

Collared Dove Characteristics

Collared doves are distinct for the black semi-circular line at the back of their necks. With very deep red eyes and a pale pinkish buff, the collared dove is fairly abundant in the UK. This species of bird is relatively new to the UK, migrating across the Middle East and Europe and settling on the British Isles.

Collared Dove Feeding

Insects, caterpillars, seeds and nuts are common foods of this acrobatic Tit. They will also take advantage of fruit and even take nectar from garden plants. With their incredible agility and ability to learn from others they are quick to exploit new food sources, making them a common and often bold visitor to bird feeders.

Collared Dove Breeding & Nesting

The nest of the collared dove is nothing spectacular, often consisting of a flimsy collection of twigs in a tree and commonly located on building.

During breeding season, which begins in March, the collared dove produces eggs that are oval-shaped, smooth and glossy. Being somewhat larger than eggs of other birds, you'll find they average around 31mm by 23mm in size. As with many other varieties of bird, both parents contribute to the feeding of the young.

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