Eurasian Collared-Dove

Basic Description:
The Eurasian Collared-Dove is a medium-sized bird that measures approximately 12-14 inches in length with a wingspan of 19-22 inches. This dove has a distinctive black collar around its neck, which sets it apart from other doves and pigeons. Its feathers are mostly light gray-brown, with a pale belly and undertail coverts.

Where To Find This Bird:
Originally from Europe and Asia, the Eurasian Collared-Dove has spread to North America as an introduced species. It can now be found throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, and parts of Central America.

Eurasian Collared-Doves are highly adaptable birds that can thrive in a variety of habitats including urban areas such as parks, gardens, and residential neighborhoods. They prefer open spaces like agricultural fields or grasslands but also inhabit deciduous forests.

These doves primarily eat seeds but will occasionally feed on insects or small fruits if available. They are opportunistic foragers and have been known to scavenge from bird feeders or even dumpster diving around human habitation.

Cool Facts:

1) The Eurasian Collared-Dove was first introduced to the Bahamas in the mid-1970s before spreading rapidly across North America over the next few decades.
2) Their distinctive “coo-COO-coo” call is often heard echoing through suburban neighborhoods.
3) These doves form monogamous pairs during breeding season where both parents take turns incubating eggs.
4) Unlike many other dove species who build flimsy nests out of twigs or leaves on tree branches or ledges; Eurasian collared-doves tend to build their nests close-to-the-ground by modifying abandoned robin’s nests
5) Despite being considered an invasive species by some people due to their prolific population growth (breeding up to five times annually), they’re beloved by many birdwatchers for their calm and gentle disposition.