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Collared Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Streptopelia
Species: decaocto


1 positive
4 neutrals
2 negatives


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Daphne, Alabama
Mesa, Arizona (2 reports)
North Little Rock, Arkansas
, British Columbia
Oildale, California
Littleton, Colorado
Big Pine Key, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Leesburg, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Miami, Florida (2 reports)
Trenton, Florida
Yankeetown, Florida
Boise, Idaho
Rock Falls, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Dallas Center, Iowa
Yale, Iowa
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Biloxi, Mississippi
Pascagoula, Mississippi
Las Vegas, Nevada
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Magdalena, New Mexico
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Aloha, Oregon
Memphis, Tennessee
Fort Worth, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Mineral Wells, Texas
Sherman, Texas

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Member Notes:

Neutral chuck7701 On Apr 7, 2009, chuck7701 from McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a) wrote:

Considered an exotic, non-game species in Texas. Supposedly came from escaped birds in Bahamas to Florida and moving west. They are larger than the native Morning and White Wing doves, almost 2-3 times in size. Some reports state that in high populations they are territorially crowding or chasing out the natives. They do not appear to migrate. Similar residual habits to pigeons.

Observed as aggressive to natives at feeders or feeding areas. Can produce 2-4 clutches per year. Sloppy nest builders. Easily identified by sight, very light tan all over, appears light grey at a distance versus two colored native doves, along with the black collar around the neck.

If you don't see them, you will definitely hear them. Native doves have a two note coo, collards have a three note coo - same as natives first two notes, followed by a third down note. The other unmistakable sound trait is when landing, they emit a grating, screeching sound. Where as native doves will have that single whistling sound, the collards screech.

Negative IrisLover79 On Apr 30, 2009, IrisLover79 from Westchester, IL
(Zone 5b) wrote:

I've had just one of these birds come to my backyard for a couple years now. At first, I thought it was an albino mourning dove - until Resin clued me in. They're a little bigger than a mourning dove & have a black half-ring around their necks. This bird is aggressive & beats up on the mourning doves. It will chase them & knock them off the wires. I give it a negative rating because it's mean & it's also a non-native bird.


Positive garden_geezer On Jun 14, 2010, garden_geezer from Biloxi, MS wrote:

A positive rating for one reason, they are so beautiful in flight. I get
to see that flight when they come to clean out my feeders.

Negative frogymon On Mar 26, 2012, frogymon from Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a) wrote:

Is bird is listed as a non-native invasive species by AZ G&F and is now the most common dove in my neighborhood, whereas a few years ago it was Mourning and Inca doves.

Neutral Peter61835 On May 21, 2012, Peter61835 from Yankeetown, FL
(Zone 4a) wrote:

This non-native bird has adapted well to Florida. In my region it travels with the Morning and Ground Doves frequenting the ground-level seed feeders on my property.

Neutral Chillybean On Aug 13, 2012, Chillybean from Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a) wrote:

We've seen them in our yard, never at the feeders though, the last two Marches. I've heard they were territorial during breeding season booting out the natives, so hoped they would move on. But an article on Project Feeder Watch's blog seemed to dispute this. They were seeing numbers of Mourning Doves increase in the same areas Eurasian Collared Doves were found. Interesting. Their numbers were based on Florida only. I'd be interested in seeing how it is across North America.

A friend has them come to her feeders and they feed at the same time as Mourning Doves, no fighting has been seen. We hear them coo-ing at another friend's home.

From my experience, thus far, I don't see them as a "good" or a "bad" bird. As I have been learning in my birding journey, one person's experience with a bird species may not be the same as another person's. Like individuals are different, I suspect the same is true for individual birds. I am hoping to give these birds the benefit of the doubt and that maybe the doves who chase other birds off the feeders, will not necessarily do it at all feeders.

Neutral flightsfan On Jul 8, 2014, flightsfan from Aloha, OR wrote:

Non-Native invasive species in Oregon. Hunters can take as many as they can shoot during applicable game bird season. Easily confused with mourning doves.

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