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Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

Eurasian collared dove Description: Introduced to the United States via dispersal of young individuals over long distances.

Identification: Mostly gray with white upper body, black collar on the back of its neck, slender black bill, deep red iris of the eye; broad, squared tail with black base and dark red legs and feet.

Habitat: Native to Asia, Europe and Northern Africa. Found on farmlands, open country, and wood edges in suburban and urban areas. They appear to thrive in areas with a combination of open ground and trees.


Impact and Damage: Populations spread rapidly and compete with native species. Eurasian Collared Doves are considered a pest in agricultural areas, especially in areas that grow grains. This species can carry West Nile Virus.

Similar species: Mourning dove, which is smaller in overall size, no black collar, blue ring around eyes, black spots on back, pointed tail.

Monitoring and rapid response: Hunting can be effective in managing their population.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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Common Name:

Eurasian collared dove

Scientific Name:

Streptopelia decaocto


(Pigeon and Dove)