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Eurasian Collared Dove: Have You Seen This Bird?

February 18, 2014

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Eurasian collared dove. Photo: lruka on Wikimedia under a Creative Commons license
Eurasian collared dove. Photo: lruka on Wikimedia under a Creative Commons license

The Great Backyard Bird Count  (GBBC) — one of the largest citizen science initiatives in the world – annually documents a wide variety of bird population trends.

To my mind, one of the most interesting has been the dramatic spread of the non-native Eurasian collared dove across North America.

The GBBC asks citizen birders to watch an area for at least twenty minutes sometime during a four-day period in mid-February (this year’s count concluded yesterday), and record the birds they see.

Just ten years ago, seeing a Eurasian collared dove would have been a novelty. No more: the doves are now commonly reported by birders in most of the United States.

GBBC data tell the story of this rapid spread.

In the 1970s, the Eurasian collared dove was introduced to the Bahamas. By the early 1980s, the non-native birds made their way to South Florida, where they established populations. Then they began spreading north and west.

Their range appears to have expanded slowly at first. A look at GBBC reports from 1998 show a lot of sightings in Florida, with some birds reported in Texas, Alabama and Arkansas.

By 2001, the doves reached California.

Last year’s bird count results showed the Eurasian collared dove had colonized much of the country. It has not (yet) been reported in New England, but it has reached as far north as Alaska.

The GBBC’s video map dramatically illustrates this expansion.

In my state of Idaho, the doves were first recorded in 2005 by two backyard birders. In subsequent years, the bird was commonly reported in Idaho’s eastern corners. Last year, 132 GBBC participants reported 719 doves throughout the state.

I saw my first Eurasian collared dove in our backyard in 2008 – a banded bird that may have been an escaped pet. Last year, I began seeing the doves hanging around our neighborhood. This year was the first that I noted the species during my own participation in the Great Backyard Bird Count.

What’s going on here? Should conservationists be concerned about this spread?

Unlike some dove species, Eurasian collared doves aren’t migratory. However, they do readily expand into new suitable habitat. In fact, in their native Asia, Eurasian collared doves have been rapidly expanding their range as well – colonizing new countries every year.

The dove is one of those species that adapts well to humanity. The trees, power lines and bird feeders of suburbia provide perfect habitat. The Eurasian collared dove is almost always seen near homes and farms, not unbroken forest or prairie.

Research indicates it is not adversely affecting native mourning doves or other birds. It may simply be filling a new habitat niche created by suburban habitat. But it is still early in the spread.

Could Eurasian collared doves become an invasive threat? That remains to be seen.

Citizen science projects like the GBBC and another citizen initiative, Project FeederWatch, will help scientists continue to track the spread and impacts of the species. It will be interesting to learn what this year’s count found about Eurasian collared doves. If past years are any indication, their populations will likely have grown and spread into new areas of the country.

Have you seen Eurasian collared doves in your area? Have you noted other trends during your backyard bird counts? Let us know what you’re seeing!

Eurasian collared doves. Photo: Flickr user Horia Varlan under a Creative Commons license
Eurasian collared doves. Photo: Flickr user Horia Varlan under a Creative Commons license
Matt Miller

Matt Miller is director of science communications for The Nature Conservancy and editor of the Cool Green Science blog. A lifelong naturalist and outdoor enthusiast, he has covered stories on science and nature around the globe. Matt has worked for the Conservancy for the past 14 years, previously serving as director of communications for the Idaho program. More from Matt

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    1. Starting around 4 years ago, I noticed a pair in the back yard. Now I see anywhere between 2 to 13 at a time. In spite of being prey for the Cooper’s and Red Shouldered hawks in the neighborhood, they continue to multiply. I love them, and love their calls.

  1. I’ve got probably 2 dozen of the damned things that visit my yard now. They’ve pushed out all the mourning doves I used to have coming to feed on the ground under my feeders. I hate them.

  2. I have these doves feeding in my yard and feeders here in Springfield, Missouri.

  3. Have not seen them in Colts Neck, NJ (monmouth County)
    where have the others seen them?

  4. saw a pair in our yard, trees, feeder lately – especially when it was really cold (Denver). Hope they don’t displace the doves that arrive later!

  5. I first noticed them in Venice Florida back in the 90’s. Now they are one of the most common birds in the neighborhood.

  6. Very commonly feeding below my feeders in Tampa, Fl. They always seem to cry/ sing when they start to fly away (startled or not). They are almost always in pairs.

  7. We have a pair of Collared Doves here near Vernon B.C. this winter. It’s my first winter in BC, so was only a bit surprised the first time I saw one. Moved from Ontario & had never seen them there……lots of Mourning Doves tho. I have only seen the one pair so far, and only 1 Mourning Dove here this winter – they all come to my “All day bird buffet & spa” as my grandson calls it! (Heated bird bath! lol) – Have certainly seen lots of ‘new’ birds since we moved here last July.

  8. We live in Gilchrist County, FL. We had two of these birds come to our feeders last month, and this is the first time we have ever seen them in 10 years We have white-winged , rock, and mourning also. What a shock it was to see these all white doves. They are beautiful, even tho it’s an invader.

  9. April 25 2014 Spotted a white dove in Virden Mb. Looks like it was hanging out with a mourning dove.

  10. ive these nesting in my garden in uk are these classed as vermin

  11. Here in Emmett (Southwestern Idaho) these annoying Eurasian doves have overtaken the local dove population. They are everywhere. On any given street in the county they sit atop the telephone poles, tress, love to poop on vehicles.
    There are literally many thousands here in Gem County. (May 2014)

    I am a bird lover, but their incessant “whining” throughout the day makes it virtually impossible to nap.

    I loathe these creatures with a passion !!!

  12. These have become abundant here in the Willamette Valley (Oregon). I saw the first one 4 years ago, now they are everywhere. It seems that I see fewer Mourning Doves as well.

  13. I saw one 2 days ago in my backyard here on BC’s Sunshine Coast. First one I’ve ever seen. I mistook it for a mourning dove until I took a couple of fuzzy pictures and was able to make a closer inspection.

  14. There is a pair (or more) in Drumheller, Alberta. I first saw them here last summer (2013).

  15. I had two at my home in Gustavus last week .i am excited to see them and love their cooing…

  16. This invasive dove showed up in my southern Vancouver Island neighbourhood earlier this year (2014). Its call is unmistakable. Now a pair have moved into our back garden and appear to have a nest, as they are actively chasing away other birds, including a Pileated Woodpecker this morning!

  17. In The foothills of Colorado, there are an invasion of these doves. I too enjoyed their cooing, until i noted other birds were no longer present. Neither did the butterflies stay this year? Is there a connection or are all of us who seem to observe the same, mistaken on our connection that the doves chased the other birds away?

    1. We saw one today in our yard. She sat on the fence a long time, then flew to the edge of our goldfish pond and drank water and then fles away. I have never seen this bird here before. Oakland, CA

  18. Nehalem on the north Oregon coast – they’re EVERYWHERE. Sounds like they’ve comfortably invaded the entire continent just like the European starling. I knew they looked funny… just couldn’t be mourning doves. Sad to discover I was right.

  19. I have 30 or so at the feeder every day. I live in St Helens Or. In one month the back yard went from finch’s,chickadee’s, grosbeak, thrush, bluejay, stellers jay ect to 30 doves 16-20 R W blackbirds and 24 or so srarlings and the little birds have to fight for food. I need to separate feeders.

    1. They’re taking over here in Cannon Beach, too. I compare them to vacuums in their ability to suck all the seeds from my feeders in record time. I’ve always enjoyed feeding the chickadees and other small birds, but I don’t appreciate feeding the Hoovers. I have no use for them, whatsoever.

      1. I had a pair in my yard this a.m., feeding along with a flicker (which eats my ants, thank goodness) and they are about the same size…But I only have sunflower seeds in my feeder, do they eat those ? Because I’m going to be really upset if all my other birds disappear.

  20. Oregon Coast N Cleawox Lake adjoining Honeyman State Park just south of Florence. There are a dozen or so that visit our bird feeder every day in addition to the stellar Blue Jays that frequent our yard.

  21. First spotted them today in our yard in South Eugene, Oregon. I knew they weren’t mourning doves, but couldn’t find them in my bird ID books…now I understand why; they are (relatively) new to the area! They seemed to be getting along with the Oregon Juncos, who also were feeding, so I’m not as inclined to be unhappy that they’re here…..

  22. Been wondering what has changed in the look of the mourning doves. After reseach found them to be eurasian collared doves
    just today. Have had many of them in our yard this summer and now.

  23. The ECDs are pretty common now in this area (far north coastal CA. ). I think there may be fewer mourning doves and band-tailed pigeons, which I used to see in our small town. Curious to know their affect on both these species here.

  24. I live in Crookston, Minnesota which is about an hour and a half from Canada, and twenty minutes to North Dakota. We have had a pair that nest here in the winter months, but leave for the summer. I am curious where they go in the summer months.

  25. I seen my first eurasion collared dove 0n 3 13 2014 near Medford MN

  26. I have seen hundreds in Phoenix last year and this. They co-exist peacefully with the mourning and Inca doves and I believe they may be inter-breeding with the white wing doves in the area. I keep seeing silvery colored individuals with ambiguous neck markings and no or only small white edges on their wings. They flock with the mourning, collared, and white wing doves. I once saw one that had no markings at all on his neck and only a white tail band. He was with mourning doves. (No spots either.)

  27. In 2003 I was a biology undergrad in Little Rock, AR, and doing mosquito field research when I first encountered them near the airport, multiple times but only there. I brought it up with my ornithology professor and he figured I was mistaking mourning doves for Eurasians, so I take it they were not “supposed” to be in central AR at that time. I knew I was right though; no way you could mistake the big fat things that sound human-like. Seems like they’re kind of common around the area now.

  28. Eurasian Collared Doves are unprotected in all 50 states and are considered an invasive species. They can be shot year around with no limits but subject to local firearm and airgun statutes. In Washington state you must have a small game license whether in or out of season. This is per conversation with the WDFW. These are larger than the common mourning dove and more aggressive but also more prone to flight around humans than the mourning dove. Mourning doves avoid and are displaced by the larger collared doves however.

    1. I also saw a Coopers Hawk eat a Eurasian Dove on the top of a telephone pole outside our sliding glass door. He ate the whole thing after pulling the feathers out including the head first. Go Coopers Hawk!

  29. I live in the central Calif. Sierra foothills I have a pair Eurasian doves nesting 200 ft away from a cooper hawks nest in a cottonwood tree. They have not displaced any of the other species of birds that nest or eat here. Now the European starlings are another issue, they have taken over the local woodpeckers nesting holes.

    1. Easy solution. We played the call of the Cooper’s Hawk and the Red Tailed Hawk, they beat it in one big hurry. It has been over two weeks. We live on the west coast on Vancouver Island, BC. best of luck!

  30. I live in Lethbridge, Alberta, and saw my first Eurasian Collared Dove yesterday, May 9th. 2015. Today I disturbed three in my backyard and have heard them calling since. Looks like they have arrived here.

  31. We have a pair of them using our feeders in Corvallos, Oregon.

  32. This evening I was watching the usual solitary mourning dove eat the seeds I place on the ground for him. Then a collared dove swoops down, chases the mourning dove and eats the seed. These are aggressive, we gotta get rid of them.

    1. Play the call of the Cooper’s Hawk and they will disappear. We did it and it has all been quiet for two weeks!

  33. I haven’t seen any wild ECDs where I live in Northern Virginia. I also haven’t seen as many mourning doves here as I used to see in New York State. But I own pet ringneck, or Barbary, doves, and when one of them lost its mate to illness a year ago, I purchased a new dove from a pet store in New York City (I couldn’t find any doves in the stores nearby me in VA). Right away I knew that there was something different about the new dove: It was bigger, stronger, and had a different call, and a friend of mine said it seemed like a different species. I did some research and decided that the dove (a young male) must be a Eurasian Collared dove. Now I wonder if the breeder/seller knew it was a ECD. It is a gorgeous dove. It gets along with the other doves and is less aggressive than the ringneck, or Barbary, dove males. It doesn’t fight with the other males and it doesn’t chase any female dove it sees. Maybe that’s the behavior of a new member of the little flock I have here? I really like its distinctive call, though the scream is a little startling. Fortunately, he does not scream very often.

  34. I saw two of these as well. Might not last long as we have a lot of birds of prey living here. Near Coeur d alene, ID.

  35. These birds are a problem. I 3 years they have pushed out all of the mourning doves and White-wing doves in my neighborhood in Phoenix. They breed like rats. Something coordinated needs to be done about them and soon.
    By the way, They taste great.

    1. Play the call of the cooper’s hawk and they will fly away!

  36. Just saw my first one here in the north end of the Copper valley of Alaska (Slana).June 6 2015 7am.

  37. We have many here on our farm. They are not aggressive toward the Mourning doves! In fact both species nest in the same large evergreen trees. A few years ago there was an out break of West Nile Virus, and it wiped out both the Mourning doves as well as the ECDs. It took longer for the Mourning doves to replenish themselves, and I was sure the ECDs were gone for good. However, both types are back and doing well. These newcomers are not aggressive and many want to make them. As a hunter, I get upset with the gossip about them because I’m sure the other hunters want to make them an enemy; so they can shoot them without a limit.

  38. We have the Eurasian Collard Doves here in Campbell River BC , I have played the Cooper Hawk’s call and the doves have abanded their nest in the fir tree in our backyard . All is quiet now.

  39. There has been a very noticeable increase in the number of Collared doves here in the UK. I had never seen one until the 80s, now they seem to be everywhere.
    They intimidate smaller birds, I have even seen one chase off an Eurasian Magpie. I now hardly ever see or hear smaller birds in my garden where there was once many.

    They are beautiful birds, to look at, but their call is persistent and extremely irritating, very akin to a car alarm.
    Its low frequency note punches through double glazed windows, and even some walls, and you only need to be able to “slightly” hear this noise for it to disrupt thought and sleep.

    I have many Herring gulls in my town which squawk to each other throughout the day, I have no problem with them at all, in fact I like them while many complain.

    The comments about the call of the Cooper Hawk has given inspiration; an air rifle has often crossed my mind whilst trying to work/think/sleep but could I actually kill them?

    Could really do with some birds of prey here, those with a taste for collared doves.

    1. Marc, let me know what happens when you play the call of the hawk. It has been almost six weeks and they are completely gone. Regards Trent

  40. We’ve been noticing Eurasian Collared Doves at Destruction Bay, Yukon for the past 3 years. Just yesterday I managed to photograph a pair at our feeding station. There is another collared dove that joins the pair while they eat. The pair have been at our neighbours feeder since March of this year and since we are gone during the day – didn’t notice the collared doves until the past couple of months. They are quite jittery but will come back to feed when quiet. Love their cooing – reminds me of the Hawaiian doves

  41. Fifty collards waiting by my feeder this morning, yes, that is 50. They do seem to limit access by the smaller birds but are also more timid so when I frighten them off the smaller birds get a chance. An occasional mourning or two in the mix. They also seem to have attracted a Peragrin which I see of and on in a tall dead tree next door.
    Lindon, Utah. July 16, 2015.

  42. Late June-my cousin showed me a pic of one which I thought was a morning dove but corrected by a friend. My cousin had never seen a bird like it and so have I. Never been reported until now. Tununak, Ak, about 120 miles west of Bethel Ak, on the Bering Sea coast.Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta-Alaska

  43. We have three of these that frequent our many feeders. We live in Yelm, Washington. Sometimes they come together, alone or in a pair.

  44. I am listening to one right now across the street from my house in south Burnaby, BC, Canada (Vancouver). Also seen in a tree a mile away at a riverside park.

  45. We hunted dove last year at the souther tip of Nevada and our party shot 56 doves only 8 were not Eurasian. I think they far outnumber the Mourning or White wing doves. Only advantage is they are a little bigger.

  46. We first noticed one in our yard last summer eating with the mourning doves. This year we have seen three at one time and a juvenile. They still eat with the mourning doves but do chase the smaller birds. They are nesting nearby in our neighbors pine tree. We are in Escondido, CA.

  47. I have a pair of eurasian doves in back yard hanging out with a pair of mourning doves. Parlier, Ca. Fb fb

  48. I live in Whitehorse, Yukon, and we had the Doves frequently over the summer months. However, in the middle of September we have been seeing less of them

  49. I am in Edmonton Alberta there is one at my birth bath today. first time I have seen one in this area. did have a ringneck ( I think) more of a tan colour a few years ago for a day.
    This one is pale grey and has the distinctive black markings at the base of the tail.
    Thanks for your interest Matt and this site

  50. My sister has had 2 collared doves in her Helena, AL backyard all summer (2015). She does not recall seeing them last year.

  51. Like the European Collared Dove, I, too, am a non-native resident of Eureka, CA. I bought a mobile home at Spruce Point just south of Eureka in the spring of 2000. The following spring, I noticed what I at first thought were a pair of mourning doves perched on a utility wire just behind the Humboldt Bay Mobile Home Park office. It turned out they weren’t Mourning Doves, but our intrepid, European Collared Doves. This past spring, they have expanded in number, such that I heard their cooing every morning and evening and even all day as well as sighting them perching in trees and utility wires, foraging on the ground as well as in flight.

  52. I put out a bird feeder in my yard I get scrub jays morning doves and now have many 25+ eurasian collared doves they seem to prefer black sun flower seeds while the morning doves like millit seeds, they make a helocopter like decent to the bird bath feeder I have seen as many as 10 crowded on to a 18 inch surface.

  53. We live on an acreage in SE Saskatchewan, CAnada. We had never seen this dove in the 21 yrs we have been here. They 1st arrived, about 10-12, 3-4 weeks ago. There are now approx. 25-30 of them. We do normally have mourning doves.

  54. I have noticed, for the first time, these Doves on one of my feeders……..Mourning Doves are usually the predominate species here.

  55. I have seen this bird for the past two weeks feeding under backyard feeder and finally know what it is. I try to take a picture but each time I frighten it away. Now at least I know what it is.

  56. 01/26/2016
    There was one in my yard. I had not ever seen one in the area before.

  57. We just spotted a pair of Eurasian Collared doves in our backyard. We have feeders, both on a post & on the ground for over 5 years but this is the first time for this dove species. Mourning doves have been the only dove species prior to today, which Feb 7th & we live in the northwest corner of Turlock CA not far from orchards, open fields & field crops.

  58. I saw a Eurasian Collared Dove in my backyard this morning. It seems to be hanging around with the other doves. It’s a very pretty bird. So far, just one. I didn’t know they were being counted until just now.
    Thanks for the interesting article!
    Susan Barkley
    Richland Chambers Reservoir, Texas
    (1.5 hours south of Dallas)

  59. Just saw a Eurasian dove at my backyard feeder. I IV heard we r have a pair that frequent our back yard this year. We always have flocks of Murning Doves. I also see Oregon Juncos, House Finches, sparrows, and the occasional chickadee abd gold finch. This s is in West Boise .

  60. I saw a pair of these Eurasian Collared Doves at my bird feeder today. They flew in with two pairs of Mourning doves. I live in Adamsville, Tn., in west Tn.

  61. Lately I’ve noticed at least one solitary collared-dove that is a common visitor to my bird feeder in Central Texas – Llano County to be more specific. I’ve counted as many a 30 white-wing doves and a few of the other native dove species – but this Eurasion collared-dove is the one that stands out.

    We’ve had the bird feeder set up for the past 5 years. This new dove has been a visitor for the past several months.

  62. A couple showed up at the feeder a couple weeks ago. 7 were spotted out there today. SE King County, WA

  63. A pair arrived in our neighbourhood in North Nanaimo, (Vancouver Island) B.C. a few years ago and return every spring.

  64. seen them I have over 30 who live here in my yard eat me out of house and home for the last year and they are huge one warbles the rest are hens I believe every day at 2091 daly dr Coeur d alene idaho

  65. There is a pair of eurasian collard doves that feed on seeds in my driveway most mornings. I live in Northern California near the Oregon border.

  66. I have seen this bird. This morning, an adult pair fed in my back yard. I enjoy watching them. They are so elegant.

  67. I seen a turtle dove on March 3 2016 under bird feeder.
    We live in Freedom WI.

  68. We live on several acres right in the middle of a small town in Southwestern Idaho. During the past several years, we have surrounded our land with stands of beautiful Ponderosas and poplars. We have many different kinds of birds, including lovely mourning doves. But just within the last two years the Eurasian Dove population has exploded. Although these doves are very pretty, the number of mourning doves has diminished and the white poop from the Eurasians is under every tree in growing abundance. The numbers are now greatly imbalanced.

    Is there anything that can be done to curb their growth?

  69. During the Fall of 2012, I observed a “new to me” species of dove at the bird feeder in our backyard I soon identified as the Eurasian Collared dove. Since then, it seems their numbers have increased annually and now they are common and seemingly the most numerous dove in our area of Pullman, Eastern Washington state. Now, I observe fewer and fewer Morning doves that were once more numerous in our area.

    Thanks to Matt for the information he provided about the spread of this new-comer to the USA

  70. I live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I first noticed collared doves about 5 or 6 years ago, accompanied 1 year by a pair of Speckled doves. Now the collared doves are plentiful, and lately have been cooing mornings and evenings.

  71. I have a couple of flocks of the collared doves , one has about fourteen , the other around twenty two with an albino to boot.

  72. We have a pair here in Auburn, CA elevation approx. 1,500′ – near Sacramento. The birds do not have the calming cooing that the native dove has.. it is rather harsh to the ears…

  73. I saw one in the maple tree this afternoon, went indoors to check the bird book for identification, then got my camera out. No bird! After a while a pair flew by to go roost near the ravens, just out of camera range. If the weather doesn’t change too quickly here in Moscow, Idaho then maybe tomorrow …

  74. I hunt doves quite often so I am very aware of the species. In 2005, my brother and I saw our first pair of Ringneck doves in Mobridge, Sd. Since that time seeing them more and more often. Have witnessed them in Lewiston Mn, Albert Lea Mn, Austin Mn, Blooming Prairie, Mn, Hayfield Mn, Owatonna Mn, and in farmsteads around that whole area. They are very well established in SE Mn. Just saw one in my backyard in Chatfield Mn.

  75. I have seen them in Salmo, BC for 2,3 years now. Love their sound since it reminds me of home!

  76. My son found on of the Eurasian collard doves in on of his chicken pens. Are save to keep for pet?

  77. I just saw a Eurasian Collared-Dove at my bird feeder for the very first time ..
    A little larger then a Mourning Dove a tad lighter and no spots on back of wings, collared on the nap of the neck… I’m in SWV…
    Very pretty Dove …

  78. I am doing a report on these birds can somebody tell me anything they know bout these gorgeous creatures😊

  79. We live in Shingle Springs Ca. This is the first year that we have ever seen them and there’s a large flock in her area

  80. Just yesterday, a pair of these beauties landed on my feeder tree and stayed about 20 minutes. Hope to see them again today. Location, Germantown, Tennessee.

  81. Just saw two garden collared doves in my yard in Western Washington. Had no idea what they were. Thanks for the info.

  82. Mating pair of collared doves in Lafayette Park in San Francisco, CA April 2016. Not seen here before. Several pairs of mourning doves have been nesting here for several years

  83. Pair of collared doves (calling coo coo coo) I Franklin drive Pismo beach CA. 21st April 2016.

  84. Hi Matt. I Live in Stoneham Massachusettes and today when I walked out my back door, I Saw the Eurasian Native Dove Sitting right behind my back door on the corner of my room. I thought he was stuck, so I grabbed a stool and when I stool up, he flew away, but not very far, just 2 feet away on the other roof just staring at me….so I looked inside that corner where I thought he was stuck, and sure enough,I saw a small nest with an egg! As soon as I came back in. she flew back to her corner to nestle her egg. This spot she is nestled in is literally right behind my back door and just a couple feet up. I just don’t want to frighten her overtime we walk out the back door. She is really beautiful. We went sure what kind of bird at first, and it was my mom that said it looked like a dove, but not your typically white dove…..So my daughter looked it up and sure enough,there was the spit image of the Eurasian Native Doe. Identical photo. What should we do? Should we just leave it. We don’t mind it being there at all. ITS KIND OF FASCINATING!!! Whats your opinion please?

  85. I am new to bird watching and new to our present location. we have several eurasian doves living arounf our home here in WEstbank BC (west Kelowna bc). Maybe several is an exageration, but there are for sure a pair of them cooing very regularly and clearly. We have trees both decidious and coniferous plus a waterway . I have identified them mainly by their collar on the nape of the neck.

  86. We live in northern New Mexico near Los Alamos. We began seeing these doves 4 years ago and in the past 2 years the numbers have exploded here. They have run out virtually all the white wing and mourning doves we had.

    I feed a lot of birds and we usually have junkos, stellar jays, grosbeaks and quail at our feeders s well as rabbits. Since the collared doves arrived the quail are rarely seen and even the rabbits are having trouble getting corn and milo at their feeder.

    Anyone who thinks these birds are good needs to rethink their position.

  87. I saw a pair of them this morning at 11:30 a.m, May 21, 2016. I didn’t know what they were. They were bigger than the quail I see around my place. I tried to get a picture of them, but by the time I found my phone they had absconded. Grey with a black ring around their necks. I live at 4,000 ft. in the mountains 60 miles east of San Diego, CA., near the little hamlet of Tierra Del Sol. It’s high desert here with chapparal covered ridges all around. I have a lot of crows, and jays, and some red-tailed hawks. Occasionally a covey of quail will pass through and I will see one or two road-runners each year. There are also lots of smaller birds that I don’t know the names of.

  88. They have shown up in my feeders this spring in port orchard,wa. Yesterday there were at least a dozen in each of my 2 large feeders.
    They wiped out the seed leaving nothing for the rest of our birds.

  89. Eurasian doves made nest on my patio in one of my potted plants. Laid 1st egg and 2 days later 2nd egg. Hatched simultaneously 2 days apart, the 18th and 20th of May. I go on the patio and water my plants with no problem. Amazing and they’re so peaceful.

  90. i have a pair that comes to my backyard feeder every day morning and evening

  91. I have a single pair of Eurasian Doves at my feeder almost daily. At first I could not identify them as they were very timid. Then, through field glasses I saw the distinctive dark half moon mark on the back of the neck and the lightly colored tail feather tips. Their size too is larger than the mourning doves that regularly visit the feeding area.

  92. I work on the 4th floor of a building near downtown Billings, MT. There is a tall spruce tree right outside my window, and a 2 foot ledge at my window that window washers walk on. A pair of eurasian collared doves have built a nest in the spruce tree They commonly land on the ledge before flying into the nest. This means they are landing within 2 ft of the window. I have had a great view of their nest building.

  93. When I first moved to Lewiston, Idaho six years ago, mourning doves dominated the scene almost exclusively. Now the collared doves are as common as the mourning. I often hear both species cooing at the same time. They seem to occupy slightly different habitats, and get along fairly well,at least in my observations.

  94. Last year was the first time in forty years on our farm in the southern Willamette Valley that a pair of doves showed up and hung around. This year there are three pair. I thought they were mourning doves; I was curious if it had anything to do with global warming. Thanks for the information. I love them, they are so beautiful and their call is lovely. Others have noticed them all over Eugene.

  95. At first it didn’t register. Then I realised, these are not Mourning Doves! I live on Winkle Avenue, outside of Santa Cruz, California, on the edge of Rodeo Gulch, a largely intact swath of Coast Live Oak, and California Bay Laurel with an understory of Poison Oak and native blackberry. And as of this year the Eurasion Collared Dove lives here too. It’s far less shy of people than the native Band Tailed Pigeon.

  96. Hi , I have a dove white with a black collar and light blue belly and the end of the tale, coming to my balcony. I set up food and water for this beautiful bird. It has rings with some info on both legs, but I don’t want to grab it yet and stress the bird.
    This is Calgary , Alberta, Canada.
    Any advice , please ?

  97. Hi I live in Baja California Sur near Cabo Sam Lucas and I spotted
    a collared pair here in DEC 2015

    please do not post my email address

  98. We have two eurasian doves who call in our garden a least three times a day we live in Liverpool United Kingdom I enjoy there visits very much however the magpies get a bit fed up of them and usually give chase

  99. Hello, I’ve just finished reading the page on the Eurasian collared doves. We live in Metchosin, outside of Victoria, B.C. I too, have a pair around the yard for the past few weeks. This is the first time they have appeared (June 2016). They do like to visit the bird feeder which contains oiled sunflower seeds. I have seen one visit the bird bath very briefly for a sip of water. The color in their wings is quite” showy”when they fly, as they broadly display white and tan two tone feathers. They like to be in the trees, perhaps the arbutus and zoom around the acreage. I never see them sitting on a fence post as so many of the other birds do. They seem to get along well with the other birds that are sharing the feeder and are quite large compared to many. Their cooing is very distinct of doves. I now have a few photos. Hope this adds to your info….

  100. I have several of the Eurasian Collared Doves. I just moved to Casa Grande AZ. I have 3 types of doves in my garden. I thought the Eurasian Dove was a white dove and then I realized I had White Dove, Eurasian Collared doves, and Mourning doves. The Eurasian are quite a bit larger than the others.
    I have several sets of Quail, finches, and I think Grambels. I have 1 sporadic Road Runner, and some large bird, the size of a laying hen. The hummingbirds coming flitting through in the evening. I have planted native plants from seed and 22 trees to become homes for the birds.

  101. We have Collared Doves now on Vancouver Island. There’s a pair that have taken up resident in the Gordon Head area of Victoria, and come to my back patio to peck the seed the small birds knock out of the overhead feeder.

  102. In Santa Barbara County, California, mourning doves were once common in the suburbs, but have been replaced there by ECD’s. (My personal observation.)

  103. Yes surprised when I first heard and then saw one in my neighborhood…..Now I commonly hear and see them all over my neighborhood. One took a bath in my Birdbath I my front yard.

  104. I live in
    chico,ca and have bird feeders in my back yard. First it was mourning doves and then these larger and more aggressive doves showed up. I now have 4 coming in quite often. They are larger and look almost like pigeons

  105. I seen a pair of these ,Eurasion collard doves, while I was visiting my mother in West Tennessee, Milan.
    These are just beautiful birds and so much bigger than the gray doves we have here. I was so excited to see these!

  106. I live in Chase British Columbia, Canada and we have Eurasian Collared Doves year round. Chase BC is 300 miles northwest of Vancouver Canada.

  107. We have these birds along the Tuolumne River in Waterford and in our backyard as we live along the river trail. Some residents here mistaken them for pigeons.

  108. I’m in Eugene, Oregon, and first noticed 2 Eurasian Collared Doves last summer. There are now two pairs of them here all of the time (there are a lot of mature trees present), along with a great assortment of other birds. I’ve put out a wide variety of seeds at many different types of feeders for several decades. There’s a large number of resident Crows which have been based here for many years, and it’s interesting to see the Collared Doves being very assertive with the Crows to get the best feeding positions. My “no mess” mix of chopped peanuts, chopped and shelled sunflower seeds, and organic cracked corn is a favorite of the Collared Doves (and the Crows), along with the abundant millet feeders close by.

  109. Had a pair of them in my yard this morning, in Prince George, BC, Canada. They have been noticed the last couple of years here, but people have been calling them mourning doves. Got a good look at them today, they definitely have the collar & squarish tail…. This is very interesting how they have spread so fast…… Seems like the crows are trying to chase them away, but I would much rather listen to the doves!

  110. Saw a pair of collared doves building a nest in the tree next to our hotel. this is July 21st in Solvang California. I can send a picture to an email address.

  111. We live in Prineville, Oregon, which is very near the center of the state. We have what we think are the collared doves eating at our bird feeders daily. We also have noticed way more “Hooting” to the point of being rather annoying this year than in the past. Is this something typical of the collared dove or do we have a whole bunch of doves nesting very close to our house?

  112. Donald Trudeau in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. I have been a birder most of my life and once worked as a Park Interpreter for the Province. I have a pair of Eurasian doves nesting on my 17 acres near College Heights on the west side of the city. They have been sitting on there nest for about 14 days and the nest is in a big Spruce tree. I observe them every day as they spend time together off the nest. Will let you know when they hatch.

    Thanks, Donald Trudeau

  113. I first saw the Eurasian collard dove on july 28 2016 in Salmo B.c

  114. Thanks to a feather identification website supplied by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, I just positively identified a feather of a Eurasian Collared Dove. It landed in my backyard in the town of Puyallup, WA. About two years ago, we first noticed what we thought were a lone pair of mourning doves in the neighborhood. Obviously, we got the type of dove wrong. Also, there may be more than one pair in the vicinity. We hear their calls and songs on a daily basis..

  115. We have a pair that visited our birdbath several years ago and died here shortly after. This year we have a new pair. We live in the foothills of central California at about 2600ft elevation.

  116. For the past two and a half weeks we have watched the hatching and feeding of two Eurasion Doves from our window in Lone Tree, Colorado. The parents are down to limited feedings and visitations. Both fledglings are covered in feathers. They exercise and preen their wings throughout the day. From all we have read they should be leaving the nest soon on limited hunts with a parent. I realize they are considered an invasive species but it has been very interesting and amazing to watch the incredible growth rate in such a short amount of time.

  117. My name is Charles. I’ve been hunting doves for many years in Northern California in the last couple years we’ve been seeing Eurasian doves and they have no limit you can harvest.I seem to think that these birds are bigger stinger than the morning doves yet they fly slower than the morning dove there allot harder to shoot they don’t land as much as the morning dove and they shift different in flight but are great eating and there breast are much bigger and juicier . I’m glad there making a big advantage for dove hunters because there becoming in abundance .Thank you for letting me say and give my input. Charles

  118. I live in Boise, Idaho and just now had a pair of ring neck doves! I’ve been feeding dove and quail here for 20 years and these are the first two I have seen. Probably wouldn’t have noticed but they sound so much different than the other doves and are larger

  119. …started feeding 2 a few months ago. Feeding 8 now (end of September) wondering if it is a family. Live in Langford area in Victoria B.C. Do they go somewhere else in the winter?

  120. Two months ago a pair appeared on my apartment balcony where I have a small feeder. I am in Victoria, B.C.
    They seem to be here to stay and eat all the seeds. Sparrows and finches don’t mind them, but
    I’m not so sure I should encourage the doves to take up permanent residence. I love to watch them, they are very graceful birds.