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Eurasian Collared Dove

(Streptopelia decaocto)
Alternate name(s): "Collared Dove", "Eurasian Collared-Dove"
German name(s): "Türkentaube"

Size: 30-33 cm; wing span 47-55 cm
Weight: 125-240 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Eurasian Collared Dove at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "decaocto"

ADULT

Frontal view of an Eurasian Collared Dove (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, December 2015]

Near-frontal view of an Eurasian Collared Dove (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, February 2017]

Pair of Eurasian Collared Doves (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Lateral view of an Eurasian Collared Dove (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Lateral view of an Eurasian Collared Dove; note the characteristic collar (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Lateral view of an Eurasian Collared Dove on the ground (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Near-dorsal view of an Eurasian Collared Dove (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, December 2015]

Near-dorsal view of an Eurasian Collared Dove (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Near-dorsal view of an Eurasian Collared Dove (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, December 2015]

Photos of Eurasian Collared Doves, race "decaocto", were also taken by us in in Oman.

Breeding information

Breeding season: Jan - Dec Eggs: 2 Incubation period: 14 - 18 Fledging age: 15 - 19

Nest building: ? Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Given an ample food supply, Eurasian Collared Doves in the southern parts of their range can breed any time of the year. In the northern parts they will not breed during the coldest months. Eurasian Collared Doves normally have 3-4 broods per season, with up to 6 broods possible. They have a strong preference for nest sites close to (within 1 km of) human habitation, where food tends to be abundant. The female incubates at nighttime, the male during the day.

Nest

Type: Basket Material: Twigs Height above ground: 1 - 3? m

Eurasian Collared Dove on its nest; at daytime this is most likely the cock (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, June 2018]

Eggs

Size: 29 x 22 mm Colour: Glossy white Shape: Elliptical

Food, Diet

Like all pigeons and doves, Eurasian Collared Doves are strictly vegetarian. To the best of our knowledge they feed exclusively on seeds.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

The specific name "decaocto" (=18) reflects the fact that Eurasian Collared Doves regularly use 6 sequences of 3 "coo" calls, i.e. 6x "coo-COO-coo".

eurcdov_dw_20160915.m4a decaocto
(Central Poland)
Contact calls © DW

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