About This Species
Eurasian collared doves are a medium sized bird which first arrived in Southwestern BC in 2005. Its native range is Europe and Asia. They prefer to nest in agriculture, urban or suburban landscapes, where people live, and food is readily available. They can be an agriculture pest known to eat grain products, and foul crop yield. Eurasian collared doves are designated as a Management species by the BC Provincial Priority Invasive Species List.
They are prolific breeders and can reproduce quickly. These doves will roost in both natural and humanmade sites such as trees, poles, buildings, and barns. Young doves reach full independence after 30-40 days, reaching sexual maturity in their first spring.
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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