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Collared Dove

Collared dove on my garden fence braving the weather head on!

Collared doves (Streptopelia decaocto) belong in the family Columbidae (pigeons and doves).  Their plumage is a pale pinky-grey colour and they have red eyes and red feet.  Their common name is attributed to the black collar around the neck.

Collared doves came to the UK in the 1950’s spreading rapidly throughout Europe from the Middle East.  They are commonly seen in villages and towns either alone or in pairs or in greater numbers where there is an abundance of food.  Their diet consists of seeds and grains.