Eurasian Collared Dove

Eurasian Collared Dove
Photo credit: Jimmy Jackson
-Steptopelia decaocto- 

Larger than the mourning dove.  Adults have distinctive black half-collar, hence the name.  Plumage is grey-buff to pinkish-grey overall.  One of the greatest colonizers in the bird world over the last century. Native to Asia and Europe, introduced to the Bahamas in the 1970s and spread to Florida by 1982.  Population is greatest in Gulf coast region but have spread northward to Great Lakes and even Alaska, also westward to California. Non-migratory and breeds throughout year in more temperate zones, close to human habitation.  Currently classified invasive in the U.S. but sure are good eating.

Length 12 ½”
Wingspan 19”
Weight 7.5 oz