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Eurasian Collared Dove
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Streptopelia
Species: Streptopelia decaocto

The Eurasian collared dove (streptopelia decaocto) is a common bird in the columbidae family.

Description Edit

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This bird is about 32 cm long. The plumage is beige, slightly darker on the upperparts, with black remiges and white tail with black base. There is a black collar on the neck. Males are slightly bigger than females.

Behavior Edit

Feeding Edit

The Eurasian collared dove eats mainly seeds, but also insects, worms, berries, fruit and vegetables.

Nesting Edit

It usually nests from March to September. It makes a twig nest on trees and roofs and lays 1-2 white eggs, which hatch after about 15 days. The chicks leave the nest after about 20 days, but are still protected by parents for a while.

Distribution Edit

This bird lives in Europe and Asia. It was from South Asia, but later it colonized West Asia and Europe. It was introduced/escaped into North America and now they live in large numbers in the central U.S.

Habitat Edit

It lives in woodlands, parks and gardens. It is commonly found in urban and suburban areas.

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