Collared Dove

Scientific name: Streptopelia decaocto

Did you know: The Collared Dove, a species known for its distinctive neck collar, only started breeding in the UK in the 1950s and has since become a common sight.

What Do Collared Doves Look Like? (how to identify them)

Collared Doves are dainty and graceful birds, primarily palish, pink, brown-grey in colour. 

Their most striking feature is their black neck collar, which gives them their name. These birds have deep red eyes and feet that are reddish in tint, and an adult typically measures about 32 cm in length with a wingspan of 51 cm.

Differences Between Male And Female Collared Doves

Males and females of this species are virtually indistinguishable in appearance, sharing the same colouration and distinctive neck collar.

What Do Collared Doves Eat?

Collared Doves have a diet consisting mostly of grains, buds, seeds, and shoots, often foraging on the ground for these items.

Where Do Collared Doves Live? (inc. migration info)

These birds are adaptable and can thrive in various habitats, including urban and suburban areas as well as farmland. 

Originating from Asia, they have spread extensively across Europe and are common in the UK. They are not migratory but are known for their strong dispersive behaviour.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Collared Doves)

Collared Doves are known for their persistent cooing, a sound familiar to many. This cooing can sometimes continue for extended periods, especially during the breeding season.

Fun Collared Dove Facts (kid friendly)

  • Collared Doves can sometimes be mistaken for early-arriving cuckoos due to their cooing.
  • They are relatively new to the UK, having started breeding here only in the 1950s.
  • These birds are known for forming flocks in areas with abundant food.
  • Collared Doves can breed multiple times a year, sometimes up to six broods.
  • Despite their recent arrival, they are now one of the most common garden birds in the UK.

Collared Dove Images

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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Collared Dove

Diet: Seeds, grains, buds and shoots.
Bird Family: Pigeons and doves
Length: 32 cm
Wingspan: 51 cm
Weight: 200 g
Scientific Name: Streptopelia decaocto

The Collared Dove Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December