Eurasian Collared-Dove

Introduced to the Bahamas from Europe in the 1970s, the Eurasian collared-dove is quickly finding its niche in North America, spreading rapidly north and west. It can now be seen nearly throughout the United States, and is becoming increasingly common.

Compared to mourning doves, Eurasian collared-doves are larger and much paler. Collared-doves get their name from the prominent black stripe across the back of the neck, highlighted by thin white stripes above and below the “collar.”

Eurasian collared-doves’ three-note coo-COO-coo calls are lower in pitch than a mourning dove, and are usually repeated several times in succession.

Listen to a Eurasian Collared-Dove:

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Connie Palmarine Condra

    Which is larger–the cock or the hen?

    • Dawn Hewitt

      Males are heavier than females, and males larger in wing and length.
      Dawn Hewitt, Bird Watcher’s Digest

  • Crazy Earl

    There are many dove breeders that have released the domestic ring neck dove for one reason or another all over the North America . They are returning to their wild type colors and habits which are genetic, same as the feral rock pigeon , so in fact these are FERAL doves revolving back to their ancestors. THE COLLAR DOVES breeding habits are very much the same as the feral pigeon – better known as the flying rat. There were about 200 released in one small town in western mo. years ago. They were used in Ames Iowa University and other breeding programs long before 1965. These birds came from California and Akron Ohio and other places. The Collar Dove breeds are all connected same as the rock pigeon. To prove this take two white Collar Doves of different strains, line breed and they will soon produce the wild colors. Also you can take all the different colors of the domestic ring-neck and let them breed freely among themselves and they will also produce the wild color and habits of their ancestors. Finally in the future they will become a nuisance just like the flying rats. I am a breeder and I love my doves.

Subscribe & Save!

ONE YEAR (6 ISSUES) of Bird Watcher's Digest magazine
GET FREE AND INSTANT ACCESS to our digital edition
SAVE 33% off newsstand prices
PAY ONE LOW PRICE of $19.99!