Invasive Animal

Eurasian collared dove

Streptopelia decaocto

About This Species

Eurasian collared doves are an invasive species throughout the United States and Western Canada, including BC. They first appeared in Southwestern BC in 2005 and have since spread throughout much of the province.

Eurasian collared doves prefer to nest in areas where people live and food is readily available. There is no evidence to suggest they are pushing out native bird species in these areas.

How to Identify

Eurasian collared doves are a medium-sized bird, larger than an American robin but smaller than a crow. Their feathers are a mottled tan colour, with the wing and tail feathers becoming darker towards the tips. They have a thin, black blunt beak and a distinct ring of black feathers at the base of the neck, which is open at the throat.


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