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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

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

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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.

  121. This appears to be an active thread. These birds have begun to appear at my bird feeder here in northwest Austin, Texas. This is the first time I have seen them at the feeder. The many mourning doves typically at my feeder have all but vanished.

  122. November 1, 2016:
    We–my wife and I–live in Lawndale CA (Los Angeles County). A pair of what I surmise are Eurasian collared doves. They have been coming to our yard, where we sprinkle wild bird seed, every day for about five months. They are a very light gray, as opposed to the tan color I see in the on-line pictures; otherwise they are the same as the Eurasion CDs. They are definitely not like the African variety.

  123. I see them every day, in my backyard . They are very skittish and take off at any noise. Beautiful birds. I feed the mourning doves, and a little later the Eurasian dove appear. I live in southern Ca. Simi Valley to be exact/

  124. Yes, I spotted a pair today along Alamo Creek, Vacaville (one collared, one not) , Solano County, California.

  125. Have seen them for the first time this fall in Cranbrook B.C. They roost in our trees and wait for food.

  126. I have two Eurasian collared doves in my back yard as of November 14, 2016. I took several photos of them. I live in Coon Valley, Vernon County, WI, an an avid photographern of wildlife

  127. The Eurasian collared doves first appeared on July 7,2016 at our home in Dawson Creek, B.C. Canada. Today, November 26,2016, they are still here! It appears to be a family of four although one, perhaps the male, seems to have gone to greener pastures.
    We have plenty of snow with temperatures down to -13C so far, but that does not seem to bother them.
    They get along well with all the other birds and are nonagressive by waiting their turn at the feeders. They seem to be grain eaters and have porked up plenty since they first came.
    We have been birders for many years, but these birds took a while to identify because they were not in the usual bird book we use.
    Their cooing is quite loud but not irritating. They are beautiful in flight and easy to identify. We look forward to seeing them each day.

    Hope this helps.

  128. Sighted first ones in my memory this fall 2016 approx 10 miles west of Pasadena in the foothill communities north of the 210 freeway. Two seem to hang out here with sightings mostly in the evening.

  129. Had a Eurasian Collared dove eat seeds and entertain my G-kids on my front porch in San Lorenzo(94580) California. Was alone as we could tell, but acted quite tame walking closer to my kids while feeding. 12/04/2016

  130. In 2010,I first saw what seemed to be a pair .This year I have seen at least 12 birds .when I saw the first pair , l didn’t think I had ever seen a dove like them. Glad to know what they are. I am Out of Larinburg N.C.

  131. Hi,

    I just saw this Eurisan Collared Dove in my backyard in Monterey, CA. Very pretty and very cautious. Jay chased it away from the feeder.

  132. We have a family of eight in our back yard in Irricana, Alberta. Have been here for quite a while. Doing quite well, thank you very much.

  133. I have 2 0f these I visit with every day in Wilson Wyoming. Love ❤️ them.

  134. I first notice these doves in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC, about 7 years ago. The first year they were accompanied by a single Spotted dove, which hasn’t been seen since.
    Collared doves are now abundant in Nanaimo and found in all parts of the city.

  135. False Creek, Vancouver, BC CANADA. Just looked out to our “Backyard” and saw a bird we have not seen before. Very beautiful! She/He was perched on a rooftop vent. We have had a unusually cold and snowy start to our Winter here and have started hummingbird and suet feeders. Will keep an eye out for our new neighbor!

  136. We live near on an acreage near a little town called Onoway, Alberta, Canada and have noticed at least one Eurasian Collared Dove at our feeders for at least the past 3 weeks. The light color and black neck ring along with the tail had me guessing as to what this bird was, but the pigeon/dove look had me interested and luckily I found a perfect picture of it on the internet. We’ve never seen this bird before and have lived here for 30 years. Trying to get a picture of it but it takes of when you get within 20 feet of it.

  137. I have a pair of these beautiful doves in my back eating bird seed that fell on the ground from a feeder. Downey ca. 90241

  138. Jan. 12, 2017 Kelowna BC.
    I first noticed a couple of Eurasian collared doves in our neighbourhood of the Lower Mission of Kelowna BC. probably 3 or four years ago. Up until that time we only had Mourning doves in the area, probably 4 or 5 mating pairs. The area is low density residential butting up to some open field agricultural land. The Eurasian doves have done very well here and now there are probably 10 to 12 mating pairs in my immediate neighbourhood. Their cooing in the Spring mating season can be quite annoying as it can start very early in the morning. Unfortunately, the success of these birds seems to be a the expense of the Mourning doves as I have not seen or heard from them this past year in my area. It could be that they have pushed the Mourning doves into the surrounding farm fields and wood stands.The Eurasian collared doves may be seen as being more aggressive as I’ve seen them stand up to and fend off Magpies which themselves are a very aggressive bird. So are the Eurasian collared doves having and impact on native species? Maybe and I’m in the probably camp…
    …Michael Atherton

  139. Yes, I have seen Eurasian Doves in my back yard. I give them Dove birdseed and the come almost everyday.

  140. Agua Dulce CA: two Eurasian Collared doves regularly feed with other ground feeders at our feeding station. They were first sighted in December of 2016 in our yard……

  141. For the past few days, a pair of these Eurasian collared doves has been hanging around our yard and our neighbor’s yard in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is the first year we’ve noticed them.

  142. there are some of these birds in thorhild alberta witch is 60 miles north of Edmonton .they have been here about 3 years.

  143. I am here in Eugene, Oregon and there are quite a few that can be spotted in my trees and neighboring trees, now that there are little to no leaves in the ones they can be spotted in.

  144. In June of 2016 the first Eurasion Dove landed on my driveway. This is now 02/17 and there is now a pair of these doves who visit every day. The temperature last nite went down to minus 27 and I revel at the fact they are so very hardy. I live in Prince George, British Columbia. I am assuming these are Eurasion.

  145. I live in Spokane, WA & had two last year, this year three. I’m assuming the new adult may be their baby, but never saw it last winter. They arrive below the feeder at nine in the morning & three in the afternoon. I’ve heard their calls in warmer months. They’re very cautious birds and will wait until the cats are inside before going to the ground to feed. Beautiful birds.

  146. I have two of these birds sitting in my maple tree right now. They. Have not moved in at least two hours. They are cuddled together. Very beautiful. I have been watching through my front window.

  147. Matt, I Guess I’m too late for the annual Feb. bird count but I have 12 Eurasion Ring Neck Doves in my back yard Daily.

    Also 3 Mourning Doves.

    Been Feeding them black oiled sun flower seeds.

    we live on the south east corner of Napa ca. near Sky Line Park.

    Cal. Game and Fish has all year round, no limit, hunting of the Ring necks…..

  148. A pair has been hanging around a seed feeder in my yard – Meridian, Idaho

  149. We have always seen about seven of these doves every day in our front yard on bird feeders lthought they were ring necks my grandson said no they’re Eurasian doves. We live in Napa Ca

  150. I’ve seen these around my home, seem tame. I didn’t know if they were doves or pigeons – till now.

    I live near Yosemite Natl Park, but at about 2k elevation, in Ahwahnee, CA.

  151. These doves have returned to our yard and surrounding trees or telephone wires for at least 3 years.
    There seems to be only two of them

  152. 99% sure I saw a pair on power wires in downtown Berkeley, CA the other day. Looked like overgrown mourning doves, longer than nearby pigeons.

  153. Been seeing them here for the last 3-4 years. SE AZ, rural Cochise County

  154. I have seen an increase on Trinity lake in Trinity county calif. And I believe a decrease in native doves and pigeons. I have not seen any Eurasian doves in del Norte county cal. 3/31/17.

  155. I live on the north Oregon coast near Manzanita and for the past several days 3 of these doves have been in the area. They wake me in the morning with that distinct call I remember as a child in So . California . But there it was the Morning Dove who is smaller than these birds.. It is good to see that they have made it to our area even though it may just be a short visit.
    Carol Jones

  156. Saw a lone male ECD in my backyard a month ago. He was doing his best to find a mate, cooing constantly. Well it worked and now they are nest building in my front yard tree. I was excited at first as I’ve never seen them here, (Long Beach, CA). Not so excited after reading the article and comments, as I have King birds, Northern Mockingbirds, Scrub Jays, Mourning doves, Juncos, Phoebes, Yellow Rumped Warblers and a variety of finches, all regulars at my feeders. I don’t want to lose my wonderful, varied bunch of birds.

  157. I saw one in my neighborhood on a street light here in Chino, California (southern) the other day. Mourning doves are the norm around here and I’ll be watching for more.

  158. We just had two of these doves show up on our front porch. I am not feeding them. They seem rather skiddish. My concern is for our quail population. Should I be concerned about this?

  159. We’ve seen 2 pairs. One pair spotted for the first time in the Admirals St./Craigflower area of Victoria, BC. Today we saw a pair in the Holland Avenue area of Cobble Hill, BC.

  160. Hello, I know this is an older post, but I have a large flock Eurasian Doves in my backyard. Males and females of all sizes. I’ve had watched on two occasions, two males fighting. I heard the mating , the “laugh” of the mating birds. My yard has also been the location of small Eurasian Doves coming out from their nest. It has been very exciting. Western Washington

  161. April 2017
    A Eurasian collared dove has recently arrived in my garden in central Edinburgh Scotland. This bird has managed to find a way on to the bird feeder designed for smaller birds. I really like this dove ……much more delicate than the pesky common pigeons. This bird has enjoyed the range of food on offer from sunflower seeds to mealworms.

  162. I have a pair nesting in my yard, a commercial lot , Fruitland, ID, right on hwy 95.
    Eurasian Collored Doves

  163. There is growing number of these birds here in Kitimat , BC. They hang around our neighbor hood. I counted 8 in a tree the other day after I dropped my grandson off at school. I even noticed some in our neighbours to the north Terrace BC.

  164. I was just watching the feeder cam in Refugio, Texas on line and saw two Eurasian Collared Doves sitting on the fence that surrounds the feeder. This is at 6:35 PM Eastern time on 5/8/17.

  165. They are in Gresham, Oregon. A pair has been here in my back yard near the feeders for about a week or two. Two Eurasian collared doves, with the complete black ring around the back of neck. Voice is a distinct three syllable sound: “Coo-coo – OOH!”, with the first two notes together and the third up a bit, like an exclamation mark. Not at all like the Mourning Dove, that only has the black patch below the earspots, and has a five syllable voice of: “Cu-COO! – oo – oo-oo”, which is up on the second part of the first sound, then down on the remaining three notes. They get on well with the other birds and feed alongside the usual mix of Sparrows, Grosbeaks, Redstarts, Orioles, etc. But those Starlings! Well – – –

  166. We have a pair. They’ve been here three years. We live in north western Illinois. German Valley to be specific.

  167. There are a pair of these Eurasian collared doves in Ramona California. They spend most of their time on the peak of the roof next door . They have lately been visiting my bird bath for water. Beautiful birds.

  168. They are appear to be taking over and we may be less of other birds. They spend the night in the same trees and make a mess. Pierre SD

  169. Have a nesting pair in my backyard. Although I’ve had visitors for years this is the first time they have nested on my property. They choose an 80 foot cypress tree as their site, about 20 feet from the ground, and can be seen flying in with nesting materials. They feed off food we provide for several species of birds in the area which includes corn, black sunflower seeds and a small tan round see I don’t know the name of. They seem shy and a bit skittish but will sometimes remain at the feeder even when I’m nearby. They make a squawking/screeching sound when they fly and flap their wings awkwardly when trying to land in our fruitless mulberry tree above the feeder. When other types of birds are present they either feed with them on the feeder or on the ground. They are a joy to watch and are lovely to look at. I live in the Inland Empire in Southern California.

  170. We just realized the larger mourning doves we’ve been seeing, and also have noticed in the wintertime, are actually Eurasian Collared Doves. We wondered why mourning doves were hanging around sw Minnesota in the winter!

  171. My wife and I, watch and feed a pair of these doves in our backyard. Very beautiful pair of doves, my wife says it’s the same two doves , years after year. Watching these birds, I noticed a few difference than the dove that we use to hunt in my younger days. Have these birds mixed with the native birds?
    I live on the central coast of calif.

  172. I saw just one on Sunday May 21, 2017 , in Martin TN. Very pretty and larger than the morning doves that feed under my bird feeders normally. Happy birdwatching.

  173. We have a mating pair in our backyard with one surviving off-spring in Boise, Idaho

  174. There are two Eurasian collared doves in my back yard this moment. Substantially larger than the two mourning doves that are keeping their distance. Sonoma County, California.

  175. There is a pair of Eurasian Collared Dove that frequent my bird feeder in El Segundo, CA

  176. Two collared doves seen in Coeur d’Alene, ID during summer of 2016; group of 6 seen that September in same neighborhood. This year, one or two at a time at our frog pond or beneath the bird feeder every day through May.

  177. I live in Spokane, WA.

    I have two of them living around my back yard starting early this spring. This is the first year I have seen one, I assume they are a mating pair.

    I had to research to figure what they were.

  178. Three collared doves landed on my back deck today, Sunday June 4, 2017, 2mi. east of Belle Fourche, SD. Never have seen them here before.

  179. A few Eurasian Collared Doves have moved into our area a couple years ago. They stay year round. Four miles south of Valley Springs, California. Located at Baldwin & Highway 26. Have photos if needed.

  180. I noticed my first yesterday in my area of San Diego County, it was mating in a tree and, at first, assuming it was a mourning dove, was mesmerized by its size. Then I noticed the black ring on the neck and looked it up today. This is the first one I’ve noticed nesting in this area.

  181. We live in Bon Accord , Alberta and have four Eurasian collared doves in our neighborhood. This is the first year we have seen any and have lived here for over thirty years.

  182. I see these birds every day. They come for the bird seed that I put out, both on the ground (in a feeder) and in a planter box I have hanging outside my window. I usually get up to 10 doves at a time twice a day. It’s funny to watch them trying to fit into the planter box at the same time. I live in Hayward (the East Bay) California. When I lived in Castro Valley, CA (the East Bay, also) they would congregate, too. I love watching them. The most I had was 15 in Castro Valley.

  183. Yes, over the last five years in our village I have seen this elegant and shy bird enjoy bring on a new clutch of young. Two have appeared in the garden today.

  184. There were 15 of these beautiful birds sitting on a hydro wire in our neighbours’ garden, recently. They constantly make their compelling call and sit in the other neighbour’s evergreen tree.
    We’re in North Vancouver, BC, Canada.

  185. Been hearing the call for a couple of weeks now. Seen the pair ofeurasian collared dovestoday june242017 in surrey bc

  186. I believe I have one in my neighborhood… I’m not a birder but I snapped a (poor) pic before It flew off can I send it to you? Perhaps you could confirm one way or another. I live in Vancouver, BC. I thought it was a mourning dove, but the stripe on the back of the neck makes me doubt that.
    Jim McDougall

    1. Hi Jim, Given the ring on the back of the neck, it does sound like a Eurasian Collared Dove. I recommend submitting the photo to iNaturalist for confirmation, iNaturalist users work together to reach consensus on identifications. Often the images are also used in citizen science projects. Thank you!

  187. We’ve had 4 of these at our feeder here in Iowa and knew they were different from our other pair of doves. Glad to find your info regarding them.

  188. I saw one this morning on my property in Ahwahnee, CA. However, the beak was golden brown with a black tip rather than the black.

  189. H beach ca. We saw our first pair July first 2017. Beautiful !! Was eating with all the other doves and birds NO PROBLEM.

  190. I took a Pic today of an all white Dove with a Grey mate. It does have a ring around it’s neck. I got 3 photos of it.
    St Francis, KS. nw corner of KS.
    Give me an email adds and I’ll send the 3 pics I got.

  191. I have a home in San Fernando Valley, southern california… there are a pair of these doves who frequent my yard daily. Larger then the morning doves and a much deeper and louder coo!

  192. I live in Merced, CA (Central Valley). I have seen one or two in my backyard in the past 2-3 years. Always alone and a rare sight for me. I do have friends closer to the CA coast that has been overtaken with these Doves.

  193. Sighted this bird among mourning doves several times in my yard SW Washington 6/9/17.


  195. I’m so excited to find out about this Dove. I took pictures out the backdoor at the birdfeeder and posted it on Facebook. My nephew commented and told me what kind of Dove it was, Eurasian. So I looked it up and so happy to learn about it. I knew it was different from the other Doves. Love hearing it cooing.

  196. We have seen these birds as early as 2014 in Cumberland BC (on Vancouver Island) Canada. They are now present also on Texada Island BC Canada. We first noticed a couple last summer (2016) and this summer (2017) there certainly seem to be more as people keep putting out bird feeders. I am not happy about their arrival here.

  197. San Luis Obispo, CA….just recently started feeding the birds. Scrub Jays first and now Eurasian Collared Doves. Two at the feeder this morning and one back this afternoon. Jays chase them away…or at least down to the ground for the scattered seed. Also drinking from the fountain. Beautiful big birds. Haven’t noticed their call yet.

  198. Northeast Alabama here. I began seeing these beautiful doves just a couple of weeks ago at my backyard feeder. Just two at a time, at first I thought they were odd-colored siblings. Apparently they are a pair. They seem rather meek & mild compared to my usual rowdy bunch of regular Mourning Doves, Grackles,
    Cardinals, Wrens, Finches, Bluejays, Sparrows, etc. They are lovely.

  199. I’m going strictly by bird song here, but saw a mating pair in Jacksonville FL in August.
    Three coo ‘s and a small trill, over and over until mate appeared.
    Smaller than mourning dove

  200. This year is the first time I have seen the Eurasian banded dove. We have two pairs plus one. They come here daily to be fed with other wild birds. We are located in Las Vegas.

  201. Positive I.D. on this bird outside my house today (Aug 7, 2017). I live on Shuswap Lake in the interior of BC. This is the first year we’ve heard or seen them.

  202. Hi Matt
    I am happy to report that we have a couple of these doves in our area.this is in Mission B C Canada.I have been hearing a birdsong like a mourning dove for some time.Does this dove have a similar song?

  203. We have these birds at our feeder for the last four years in a row, at first, just one, and this year, a pair that has been here for most of the summer! This area is also home to a healthy population of mourning doves.
    I live in the Comox Valley on the eastern coast of central Vancouver Island in British Columbia, and very much enjoy all the birds that visit.

  204. These are common in Live Oak, CA 95953 in the city limits. Their song is quite different than the dove from the midwestern United States.

  205. We had the collared doves in our yard and grapefruit trees during May, June and July. They nested in our grapefruit trees and drank from our water fountain. There were 10 to 20 of them. We keep bird food out all the time. They seem to have disappeared around the first week of August. Call us or send email with questions
    Carl Ariola. PHOENIX Az

  206. A shout out from Colorado Springs, in 2015 we had just a pair of them Just this year I noticed at least a half dozen of them. My thoughts are it’s so difficult to tell the couples apart that it might have been that we had 2 couples until this year. As for the little birds I get House Finches by the dozen and they’re always fun to watch. I have noticed that when the Eurasian collared doves come to eat they run off the Finches but the Finches aren’t afraid to come back to eat with the Eurasian collared doves. Last week we got a flock of Great tailed Grackle, my whole front yard was full and these guys drain a feeder in minutes and will run off the Eurasian collared doves, and the smaller birds.
    I enjoy watching all of the birds feed and someone mentioned “hoover” yes they will clean out a feeder in short time but what I noticed is that most of the seed goes on the ground. It could be a poor feeder design as my feeder has a gap that allows the food to slide of the ends of the perch.
    Birds of prey are my favorite but I also like to watch the little guys. Interesting thought I use the feeder as a weather forecaster and it works better that the weather man/woman, if the small birds are feeding like crazy usually there’s a storm coming in and it matches my bad knee and back pain, just an interesting observation.
    One day I was watching the Eurasian collared doves feeding and all at once they took off and headed for the house across the street and it was like watching a fighter jet as they hugged the roofline and slid up and over the peak, I then saw the shadow of a falcon and understood the speedy departure.

  207. On November 22, 2017 – one seen with other birds at a feeder in zone 65742 (Rogersville, MO)

  208. I have seen such a bird in Pensacola , Florida. Only a sparse amount. However, when you see 2 there are another 10. Are you seeing new birds in my area. Will be happy to spend some time spotting for you.

  209. Just saw a Cooper’s Hawk pluck a plump Eurasian Collared Dove from a cedar in our backyard. These doves showed up in Ashland, OR a number of years ago and the population has grown ever since.

  210. We live in Oakland Oregon and have these beautiful Doves and hanging with the Morning Dove, plus the Band Tail Pigeon who has left to go south for the winter. My daughter in Eagle Idaho has them in
    at there place and we both love and enjoy them all.

  211. Hello,


    I live in Rohnert Park, California and I just saw a pair of these at my feeder, I see mourning doves often, but don’t remember seeing these birds before.

  212. Found this site while investigating our population of what turns out to be Eurasian collard doves.
    2-3 years ago a few showed up in our neighborhood. I thought they were someone’s pet flock. Now there are at least a dozen that have habituated our 4 square block area.
    I wouldn’t bother commenting, except that we are in the far NW corner of Montana, 8 miles from the Canadian border.

  213. Hi there … I have a pair of Eurasian collared doves nesting in a pine tree outside my kitchen window, 150 feet from the high water mark, on Bahia de Todos Santos (Ensenada Bay), in Ensenada, Mexico, the first I’ve seen in 10 years here. Nesting site at 37 25.818N 122 05.36W. Ground elevation: 11 feet. Nest elevation 36 feet.

  214. Yes I’ve seen this dove at my neighbors bird feeder over the last 3 years (2015, 2016, 2017). Two pair seem to be nesting in the area.

  215. two eurasion collered doves,has made it to my front yard bird feeders,in prince george,british columbia,canada.i really enjoy they”re antics,and hope they stay year round.they appeared in january,2018,in minus 32 degree weather,what a tough bird,considering they were originally released in the bahamas.a very beautiful dove.

  216. I have these beautiful birds in my yard in N.W. Las Vegas, Nv. There are several nests each year.

  217. Two Eurasian collared doves in my Palmdale, CA yard starting in Feb. They mingle with mourning doves under birdfeeder. I feel like I should be building them nesting boxes or something.

  218. Hi,yes I have seen this dove in Banning,Ca.I moved here this past Oct,2017.There are at least 5 pairs in my neighborhood.They are about half a mile south of I-10 along South Sunset Ave.They seem to be fond of the blue berry type off of my tree in front of my house.

  219. I have a flock of Eleven that have been at my feeder all winter. (2017-2018)
    They have been the only birds at my feeder.
    I live in a suburb of Rapid City, SD

  220. Our bird feeder is a recycled parots play pen, about 2×3 ft.. Definitely 25 perhaps as much as 50 birds visit each day, which include 2 eurasion collared doves, 6 stellar jays, 2 scrub jays, an occasional sap sucker, a wide variety of smaller birds impossible to count because of their constant movement, as well as squirrels and who knows what might visit at night.. We enjoy the constant show.. If I sit quietly they will visit within about 4 feet from me and the little birds wander around on the covered deck within a foot of my feet. Being a calm individual seems to set well with all creatures.. I am not a “bird watcher” but simply a watcher of everything, including people.

  221. We have a pair of collared doves in our yard. It looks like they may mate here for the first time..Not my favorite. Do they keep up the racket all year? We have sighted them for about the last eight years. We live near Stanhope,Iowa. They showed up around three weeks ago.

  222. I am in Puerto Vallarta,Mexico . A pair of Eurasian collared doves are feeding and drinking daily on my balcony. I live in northern Wisconsin and have never seen one there.

  223. I have many Eurasian collard doves on my property in Mariposa, Ca, the native doves have been in decline over the past several years with the collard dove taking their place, and for those wondering how they taste, well just fine indeed.

  224. I had two of them in my fir tree last year…they came back this year but I haven’t seen them for two weeks. Maybe they moved !

  225. First one I have seen at hour home south of Reno, NV. Our elevation 5400’. Bird was at our feeder with jays and quail.

  226. Greetings,
    My name is Karyn and I just love my collared. Every year, for a while, I would purchase 4 to 5 birds from a horrible feed store and release on my anniversary. Couple of years they would come back to my yard, the huge pine I released them into died and I never saw them again. I understand visual markings.
    But, I have this one little one, for 4 years now living in my house. He, we named Buster Boy, decided he wanted to live here, flew into the garage on an old lawn chair, and has been here ever since. He flew to the garage floor, feed him regular seed,then I saw neck flopped over and looked like death. Picked up bird, crushed cat antibiotics and arnica into him. Now, five years later, he is SHE , I guess I am her mate, and she has laid 10 eggs a yea r, in my kitchen hutch, (not fertile of course, since I’m her mate. )She yells at me all the time for not doing my egg sitting duty, now I get what nagging means. Anyway, so thank you for your wonderful site and just wanted to say hello and others are out there with beautiful situations .
    Thanks for letting me tell you about something,

    Karyn and Buster Boy

    1. October 5, 2019 – This is my first year with a bird feeder. Wonderful to sit outside with my coffee and be visited with the house sparrows and the doves.

  227. I have a pair in my backyard in South Ogden, Utah. They are quite beautiful and at first I thought they might have been pets that escaped and were lost. A knowledgeable neighbor identified them as Eurasian collared doves. Now I just have to try to keep the neighborhood cats away.

  228. April 30, 2018
    Just found a breeding nesting in my backyard. We are located in Northwest Alberta, Canada. Peace River Region.

  229. We have two that joined our backyard flock today. In Oregon city, Oregon

  230. The Eurasian Collared Dove has infiltrated our valley and town of Guerneville, California for about the past 3 years now. They are a horrible invasive threat as the song birds and all smaller birds have virtually disappeared from our feeders , trees and plants in our valley. I used to sit in our gardens and count the goldfinches, pheobie’s, junko’s, wren’s, mocking birds,western bluebirds, etc. for hours at a time. What this Eurasian collared dove now brings, aside from the nauseating repetitive “woo hoo hoo” sound, are the larger predator birds. Hawks, ravens, and thousands of crows attempting to raid their nests of eggs. But it appears all in vain, as they are multiplying so fast from year to year. I don’t own a gun, but if I did, I might be doing a little target practice more often than not.

  231. Hello – I am new to bird watching. There are a pair of birds (coming to my bird feeder) that look exactly like the photo above. I live in the Northeastern corner of the state of Alabama. I live in the town of Rainsville, which is in Dekalb County.

  232. 3 years ago, I noticed the doves in our neighbourhood. They have stayed ever since then. They visit our yard .. I don’t know where they are nesting, but somewhere very close.

  233. I should have mentioned that this is in Saanich, near Swan Lake, Victoria, BC

  234. I live in So. East Alabama….about 8 miles from the Florida line and just a few years back saw this bird regularly.but haven’t seen any for a while….really miss this beautiful dove…..sounded a little like an owl!

  235. I support 4 bird feeders in my backyard, over the last year the Mourning Dove population has grown to about 30 (all feeding at one time), over the last 3 months I have seen a total of 6 Eurasian collared Doves again all feeding at the same time. The Eurasian Doves mainly feed in the morning hours 7 to 9am and 4 to 7pm with sporadic appearances throughout the day. They do not harass or chase the other birds. Some of the Eurasian doves are very large in comparison to the Mourning Doves. I primarily use Black Oil Sunflower Seeds as feed, I live in Southern California (92882.

  236. I live in Pasadena, California, and there are 5 Eurasian collared doves in my backyard as I write this.

  237. Glendora, CA. I have an injured youngster who I thought was a mourning dove. Upon inspection, found out that it apparently is a collared dove. Parents are aggressive at the feeder and will peck the others away.

  238. I, unfortunately, have a flock of 25 to 30 birds that invade my feeder area and eat all the seed on the ground and attempt to feed on the tubular feeders too. They arrive in mass and drive out all the small birds, ravage the feed and foul the birdbaths. The doves arrive in the Spring and stay into late summer. I am NOT a fan and wonder if these birds have now become a threat to our small birds.

  239. Saw 2 Eurasian collared doves in south parking lot of Jerry’s nugget casino yesterday, 5-28-18.

  240. First time I have seen this bird in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. Saw two and one was observed gathering nesting material so assuming this bird is here to stay.

  241. I saw the collared dove in the movie “ADRIFT” in Hawaii . Are they there too. We now have them in Spring Green ,Wis.


  242. Powell River, B.C., on the Pacific coast about 90 miles north of Vancouver. The first arrival was three years ago, and seemed to be a loner. The following year there were three of them in our yard and now this year, 2018, they can be seen in many parts of town. I used to feed the local birds all winter but I gave that up when these nuisances showed up. Their constant coo-cooing is really getting on our nerves but lucky for them we aren’t allowed to use firearms in town.

  243. I’m interested in the comment that the Eurasian doves have no impact on native populations. We used to have mourning doves in our yard here in Northern California. After the first Eurasian collared doves appeared in the yard, the mourning doves began disappearing. I saw the Eurasian doves chasing the smaller mourning doves out of the yard.

    The yard is now full of the new dove, and I have not seen a mourning dove in several years.

    In addition to being aggressively territorial with the native species, the Eurasian dove seems to reproduce all year round, whereas the mourning doves seemed to reproduce once a year, which has probably also had an impact.

  244. First seen on our water feeder in mid-June , Estes Park, CO at 7800 feet. Now a mating pair visiting daily for water.

  245. I have a pair of collared doves nesting in my neighbors tree for the last 3 years in Hope BC.
    we thought they were owls because of the call they have.Nice to have them here,but we never see the young.

  246. we have a pair that have been coming here. We are in Coarsegold Ca. 10 miles from the claimed center of the state. Located aprox 1 hour from the south entrance to Yosemite.

  247. A ha!!! Thank you so much for this post. We have a group of these who feed in our back yard. They are lovely and I finally decided to Google them and see what they were. The results were puzzling. Native to South Africa? That can’t be right. Yet, everywhere I looked I found information that these birds were NOT supposed to be in my backyard, but rather soaring above lions and giraffes above a savanna somewhere. I’ve been trying to discover HOW IN THE WORLD they came to dine in my backyard. Voila! Your post provided the insight. Again, thank you. Oh, and if it helps, this group lives in the City of Rialto, County of San Bernardino, California.

  248. I live in Ventura, California. Upon searching my Peterson, First Guide to birds of N. America to locate the dove with a ringed neck which was dining at my patio feeder, I found that he was not included.
    Thanks for your thoughtful information. I will continue to visit your site for continued education!
    Byrd the birder

  249. I live in a small southern Minnesota city. The first Collared Doves that I observed appeared at my bird feeders in the spring of 2016. A flock of 8 came to the feeders for several weeks and then 6 left. 2The 2 that remained, continued to feed throughout summer and early fall. They were then joined by 6 in the fall. All of the 8 fed for 4 days. Although it has been stated that these birds are not migratory, I did not see any throughout the winter. When 2017 spring arrived, I observed 2 and waited patiently to see the others return. The two were all I observed that year. They too were not to be seen throughout our Minnesota colder months. Our 2018 winter extended throughout April with several snow storms and I waited impatiently to see the doves return. It wasn’t until late summer that I observed 2 at the bird feeders. We have had a very wet spring and summer with varied temperatures and a lot of wind so I can appreciate why the birds may have decided to not hang out here this year. I wanted to leave the state myself. Much to my surprise and delight, this 2018 October morning I opened my blinds to find a dozen collared doves feeding around the base of my feeders. They didn’t feed long but it was a treat to be able to watch them. The collared dove is a beautiful bird. I will be watching to see if they return later in the day.

  250. I saw one in Alpine Ca (40 miles east of San Diego) today. Went get my camera and it was gone! In my bird bath. We have a small flock of mourning doves in our area that someone feeds and I have the bird bath.

  251. I was at my brother-in-law’s place in Garden City, Kansas, in early October and two of them were sitting in a small tree just beside his back porch. I pointed them out and said that they weren’t mourning doves, and wondered what they were. He said that they were “hybrid” doves. I took this info with a chunk of salt since he doesn’t seem to be slightly interested in birds. Thanks to this article I can tell you they were Eurasian collared doves.

    BTW, I’ve never seen them here in Michigan.

  252. Started seeing Eurasian collared doves in our backyard last year at our feeders. I assumed they were someone’s pets. This there are more.

  253. Very interesting article Matt! This dove literally landed in my lap in international waters during offshore sailing passage from Bahamas to Beaufort North Carolina. It was very tired and wet, I took care of it and it dried and preened its feathers while catching a ride for about 24 hours. I had a field guide on board and learned it was invasive… A moral quandary! I thought about how sailboats were the vector for so many unfortunate species intoductions…It flew away unnoticed when we were still a few hundred miles (hope it headed south). See link for picture.

  254. For the first time today (2/16/2019) I noticed a pair of these birds in our backyard in northern San Diego County. So glad to find this information about them.

  255. I have been feeding birds for the past 10 years in Riverside County CA. Mourning doves and sparrows used to be my best customers. While feeding mourning doves had plenty of Coppers hawks when they were in area. Since collared dove “invasion” seems like all bird sightings have decreased: ie: four years ago had as many as 29 mourning doves feeding . now lucky to have 4 or 5.

  256. Thursday 25.04.19
    North West England UK
    Good Evening all from UK.
    This morning I went into my first floor bedroom to open the window and noticed a white egg in my window box. I didn’t open window . Half hr later I went back upstairs to find a bird sat were the egg was.
    Now I’m not up on birds but I did realise ‘Incubation’ was taking place. Over the next hour I’ve videoed the comings & goings of what I now believe to be ‘both parent’s’.
    Showing the vids to my daughter she has told me it’s the Eurasian collared dove.
    Now I will have to wait another 2 wks or so to plant up my window boxes lol.
    It’s ironic really, my daughter is about to be taken into hosp on the 27.04.19 to be induced for labour. I’ve been praying baby will come itself. Now I have another baby to watch over lol.

  257. We have a pair on our 40 acre citrus ranch in rial Sanger CA. First time we have seen them. We couldn’t figure out why our dove sounded so odd.

  258. I was in Van Nuys, CA, today on an errand and heard an unusual bird call. (At least one I had never heard the before!) I looked up and saw one of these pretty doves in a tree. When I returned home, I looked up “ringed neck doves in California” and came upon your blog! Thank you!

  259. I live in Pueblo West Colorado and they are everywhere and I have one nesting right outside my bedroom window

  260. I was so sad after having a mating pair of these doves in my yard and going out one day to find long and copious amounts of feathers on the ground. I assume a hawk got one. I looked for an injured bird and never found one so I assume the hawk ate it. But, yes, they are beautiful and they are seen here in Riverside CA.

  261. We spotted this Dove in our back yard about a week ago (Mid May 2019) and thought it might be a homing pigeon or a released dove at first because it was so much whiter and a very pretty bird. Found a description of a Barbary dove which matches exactly. It has been hanging around and getting along pretty well so it does know how to forage and fed for itself. We are in the Enoch/Cedar City, Utah area.

  262. I’ve got one right here. Found it in our front yard garden. Im wondering if it’s someone’s pet because it didn’t fly away when I approached it and it let me pick it up. The fact that it let me pick it up also tells me that it may not be able to fly. I decided I better bring it in since we have cats all over our place, including the one I just let out and started sneaking up on the dove the second he spotted it. I have it in the bedroom with me in an open cat carrier. I know nothing at all about the care of doves or any other bird for that matter so now I’m sitting here trying to figure out what to do. I pulled some weeds that have gone to seed along with some blooms from my strawberry kiwi fruit tree and put them in the cat carrier with the dove. Also put some rosemary, thyme and sesame seeds from my kitchen in with the weeds but doubt that they’re fresh enough or if the dove or that it will even be interested in them. Gave it a small heavy shallow bowl of water that’s too heavy to knock over. I have two cats in the house that are not allowed outside and are of course anxious to get in my room since they’re the ones that alerted me to the little thing in my front garden and they watched me thru the front window as I went out, picked up and brought it into my room. I’ll be damnedest if I’m going to let them get anywhere near the dove. Does anyone have any idea if there is someone in my area I can call for help for this poor little critter. I’m in Los Angeles County and I don’t have transportation to take it to a rescue place, thou I doubt that one exist in my area.

  263. these guys have become relatively common here in Humboldt county California. I first saw them in the seacoast village of Trinidad as well as the nearby townof mckinleyvill this (guessing) around 20 years ago.

  264. I saw an extremely large bird with a wee bit of white on it’s face. It almost landed on my shoulders. I’d like to know what kind of bird it is! I’m in Vernon BC

  265. We have something similar in our backyard. They are much larger and lighter colored than the mourning doves. Their coo is different and they come in the afternoons instead of mornings. Their flight is silence, rather than the whistling sound morning doves make. The main difference is the black strip on their necks is very slim and does not have white around it, as in these pictures.

  266. Yes and twice a few of Doves, and also on top of it A white band piegion hang around with them a few of them for the last roughly 5 years.

  267. We’ve been feeding birds in a rural farmland area in NW Montana for 15 years. Started seeing the Eurasian Doves in early spring, 2019. First a pair and then dozens of pairs; apparently we have the perfect environment for them. Problem is the overall non-dove populations are way down: pine siskins tolerated them for awhile but now they’re mostly gone. No more goldfinches, nuthatches, grosbeaks, house finches or chickadees… most all of our normal birds do not visit anymore. I have noted when the ED’s fly in like a squadron of Harriers the few birds around scatter. I have read quite few blogs about the ED’s and only a few people have also noted a decline in their regular feeder birds. Just adding my two cents. The ED’s are lovely but I miss the rest of the crew.

  268. Thanks Matthew,
    I was researching doves as it would seem, a lone dove that looks very close to this one (a bit lighter in color) has taken residence in my tree. It’s been there now few weeks. Has my dog fascinated and me very curious. I have a feeder in my yard that attracts a few species…(especially that furry black one….I believe it’s called a squirrel) This one just keeps coming back…actually it’s there most of the day. I worry that it’s by itself but seems content enough to just hang out, feed off the ground and even drinks out of the bowl or water I have supplied. I live just outside of Ottawa, Canada in a small town called Kemptville. There was no mention of these doves in Canada, just thought I’d pass this along.

  269. Yes, a pair hanging out here in Valley Center, CA, 92082. They like the big live oak and the bluebird feeder. At certain times of year there are more, but this one pair seems to call it home.

  270. On a recent trip to Hat Rock State Park (NE Oregon on the Columbia River) I distinctly heard a Mourning Dove pair calling from one side of the park as well as a Collared Dove pair calling from the other side of the park. Not two species talking to teach other, but two species in the same area talking to a like bird. I used to hear Mourning Doves only. Now I usually hear Collared Doves only. I don’t know if the CDoves are aggressive, or if they eat all the food, or if they lay eggs in MDoves’ nests, or if MDoves just don’t like to be around CDoves; but there USED TO BE MDoves, now there are mostly CDoves in Portland, Hermiston and Hat Rock State Park, Oregon.

  271. We live in a high rise and we have one that visits us everyday. Sometimes it flies into our glass doors multiple times seeming to want to come in. A few times he came with a friend.

  272. Living in southern Arizona for the past 20 years, I’ve watched bird populations change. Especially the transition from white-winged doves to Eurasian collared doves just in the past 3 years. Now, I only see the Eurasian collared doves and not a white-winged dove in the batch here in Rio Rico, AZ. Where did they go or are white-winged doves domed to inter-breeding?

  273. I have seen an occasional lone bird here in Troutdale & Gresham, Oregon area – East of Portland. Have not seen a pair yet.

  274. We have a number of these at our feeders every day, even in the winter there are a few. Biggest count at one time was 12. They seem to show up in pairs. We also have the little brown doves with dark spots. A year ago we had what appeared to be one of the little brown ones, but it had a topknot, which we had never seen before. It resembled the pictures of a dove from Australia that has the topknot.

    1. I have the same brown dove. It might be a mourning dove.

      Google search – The mourning dove is a member of the dove family, Columbidae. The bird is also known as the American mourning dove or the rain dove, and erroneously as the turtle dove, and was once known as the Carolina pigeon or Carolina turtledove. It is one of the most abundant and widespread of all North American birds

  275. First time I have seen them in my backyard: a pair has been coming to my ground feeder for a few weeks now in Salem, Oregon. They are very timid and don’t seem to be competition for any other birds at this time.

  276. I have one Eurasian dove in my backyard every morning. I live in Carlsbad, Ca. And they are not on my local bird chart. Is this unusual?

  277. I have two that daily visit my bird feeder. The first site was in September, 2019. I live in Carson City, Nevada. I also have a single light brown that visits.

  278. In Wyoming, these birds showed up in great numbers about 2000. I started depleting their numbers and recorded kills beginning in 2012. Result are:
    2012 – 55
    2013 – 55
    2014 – 81
    2015 – 67
    2016 – 50
    2017 – 29
    2018 – 19
    2019 – 4
    Have seen non here since early June, 2019

  279. I have also noticed they are also cross breeding with local doves—the dark grey doves are almost same size as ring neck ones

  280. I live in Las Vegas Nevada and I have anywhere from 18 – 25 of the birds in my backyard daily. I think they are such a pretty bird compared to the common ground doves I normally have seen for the last 18 years. I normally see about 5 of the ground doves in my current location but in the past I could see up to 10 in the early morning hours

  281. We’ve seen this dove in our backyard eating seed on the ground under our bird feeder intermittently for the past three years and today is the first sighting of the season.

  282. When we moved to our new home in SW Utah in 2004 we had a small number of Morning Doves. We enjoyed hearing their soft cooing. We didn’t start seeing the invasive ones come on strong until around 2014 or there about. Now they have taken over in droves. Their coo, to our ears is very annoying. Louder, not as soothing sounding as the Morning Doves coo. At any rate, we are seeing less Morning Doves then before. Or maybe it seems that way because of the much larger number of Eurasian Doves seen and they seem to keep multiplying at an astonishing rate. To bad, I wish the Morning Dove population was in the majority. As a matter of fact I wish we just had the Morning Doves around. Not a fan of the Eurasian Doves at all.

  283. Have numerous eurasian doves in roseville ca. Eat out our feeders every day! Very large!

  284. Santa Cruz, California. I have one in my yard. I’m hoping it has a nest. I’m just realizing what kind of bird. Very cool.


  286. We have had Eurasian doves at our feeders in Phoenix now for about four years. They seem to say “take me out a steak “ . We haven’t taken one out for them yet!

  287. We seem to have a pair of Eurasian Collared Doves, Matthew. They are a somewhat timid pair, although they hang around in the area for very long times. I manage to imitate some of their calls (through my thumbs with hands clasped) if I hear them, especially early in the morning. Often enough, one of them shows up and I get to show them to guests. I have a particularly fine picture of one that did just that yesterday evening in a troubled sky that let just enough light in for me to snap a photo. I’m happy to share it with you if you would like to see it.
    I live in Blind Bay, British Columbia.

  288. Interesting
    We have several That are in pairs that hang around our home in North Baja, Sea of Cortez, Mexico. They have no fear! They sing “Whoo Hooo”. They like our dog kibble. They tease our Westies. They have distinctive black 3/4 collar around neck that is on back and sides but not in front. They are friendly with small Wrens. I would like to know more about them. Good resource?

  289. Dear Mr. Miller,

    I realize that your article was written in 2014 and it is now 2020, but hoped this would still be useful at this time. I live in Santa Barbara, CA 93105 and these doves are everywhere! I am watching two of them at the moment that are building a nest in an oak tree in the back yard. There were also a couple of them at our children’s home last evening that seemed to be doing the same thing. It also must be suddenly their season, as they seems to have arrived just recently.

    Hope this is helpful in your research.

    Terry Hankenson

  290. We’ve been seeing increased incidents of ring-necked doves visiting our bird bath and feeder in recent months. Still nowhere near as common as our smaller, native doves.

    Arcadia, CA 91006, near the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains north of Los Angeles

  291. Beautiful birds! I have had Eurasian doves since 2004 at my home in lake Shastina Ca.

  292. I live in Oceanside California. I have seen a pair of the Eurasian collared doves in my yard for several days in November.
    The regular doves seem to chase them away.
    Hope that helps you out in your count.
    They are beautiful birds.

  293. I have seen three Eurasian collared doves this week in my yard in a mixed use area just south of downtown Oakland, CA.

  294. On May 2/20, June 3/20 & June 14/20 I noticed and took pictures of an Eurasian Collared Dove in South Eastern British Columbia near Trail on Highway 22a heading to the Waneta border crossing into Washington. I am not sure if it was the same bird each time. I will be watching again this year.

  295. I’ve seen dove occasionally in my backyard in Denver for a year. Today (during a light snow) is the first time I have identified the pair of dove. They are the Eurasian collared dove. Very peaceful and beautiful!

    Six years ago (on a snowy Christmas morning) there were some dove at my house in the Denver foothills (Golden CO). That same year my mother in Centennial CO had two pair of dove that would sleep at night huddled together in a corner of her covered patio. We put soft bedding down for them so they wouldn’t have to sleep on a cold cement floor. We were all very surprised to see dove in the winter in Colorado, and had assumed they had gotten lost. These dove could very well have been the Eurasian collared dove but we never actually researched it.

    Question: I have bird seed out for my huge variety of birds all year. Is there anything else I can or should do to help the birds in Winter?
    There are many birdhouses and bird baths out during Spring through Fall. However I continue to put water (as well as seed) out for the birds in Winter. Of course the water will freeze periodically, but Denver can be dry year round so I do what I can to assist the birds.

    Thank you,
    Stephanie Doss

  296. 1/31/21 – Carlsbad, CA

    I feed the mourning doves daily. They gather on my neighbor ‘s carport daily to wait. Today I saw two Eurasian collared doves along with them. There may have been more, but they were skittish and flew away when I came to the door. Beautiful! Hope to see them again.

  297. I live on the central coast of Oregon in Toledo, just outside of Newport. I have observed these Eurasian collared doves for several years now. I don’t hear them calling in the winter, but just heard the first cooing
    today, Feb. 18, 2021. I was wondering if maybe they migrated further south during the winter but your article mentions they don’t migrate. Perhaps I just didn’t see or hear them during the colder months.

  298. I live in Southern Oregon and have never seen one of these birds yet. I have seen many mourning doves and pigeons but not a single Banded Euro dove in our area East of the Cascades. There may be some down I-5 and I’ve read many of the comments about the ones along the coast and up north or down south, but not here.
    I wonder if our high desert area has something to do with it. We do have quite a few Bald Eagles and Hawks that may keep them away. Any ideas?

  299. Two Eurasian Collard doves visited my backyard in Fort Collins most of the winter 2021.
    Now only one visits. He seems very comfortable with the other birds and sits on a garden box edge for a long time looking at me. He arrives at different times throughout the day starting at 9:30 am.
    Wonder what happened to his buddy.

  300. Saw one in southeast quadrant of San Francisco, CA two weeks ago (April 2021.) Definitely this one (or ring collared) not our local Mourning Doves. Unable to see if banded.

  301. We have a pair of collared doves in our back yard in Tempe AZ. they come every year. We also see Aberts Towhees. Gila woodpeckers, Mourning doves, Inca Doves, White wing doves, Great tailed Grackles, Mockingbirds, Pigeons, Hummingbirds, Sparrows, House finches, Verdens,

  302. They are nesting in our tree in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

  303. We have a Eurasian dove that visits us daily on Kells in Whitehaven. Got to say it loves mealworms

  304. Yes! I saw them today here in Half Moon Bay, California in Miramar area where I live. It was so exciting. 2 of them sitting on my fence! It was magical. My pomeranian dog just sat there staring at was so cute.

  305. These birds are almost gone in Wyoming, only a couple of sightings the past two years after hundreds around a few years ago. I think the hawks have learned what an easy meal they are. My brother in Utah reports the same huge decline in numbers. His resident hawks get any that come by, leaving a pile of grey feathers. Seems they are no longer a threat of any kind. In deference to the liberals, Wyoming Game & Fish declared them to be Game Birds rather than destructive nuisances. They established hunt areas, seasons and bag limits like any other game except that the hunt area is all of Wyoming, the season is open all year and there is no bag limit. Hunters noted and responded!

  306. Two or three Eurasian collared doves regularly visit my bird feeders in San Diego, CA. They seem to have integrated with the local mourning doves.

  307. I saw a Eurasian collared dove this morning at a Winn Dixie parking lot in meridian mississippi

  308. The collared dove have virtually disappeared from North Florida by my observation. They exploded in population a few years ago but you hardly ever see one today.

  309. There are two of this collard doves in my neighbourhood that makes the cuckoo’s sound. How do I catch them for pet purpose?

  310. Central coast of California. We have had a lot of these doves over the last 5 years.
    Eating sunflower seeds that fall from our bird feeder.
    Doves seem to be in pairs most of the time, some times 7 pair are in the yard.
    They are nice clean looking birds.

    Now they have taken to eating the expensive cracked sunflower seeds that we set out for the Lesser Goldfinches of which we have many.
    This year we have had a lot of Lawrence Goldfinches with the Lesser Goldfinches ?

    The doves spook easily.
    From time to time I find dove feathers in the lawn which I suppose from a hawk kill.

    We used to see yellow eyed Brewer’s Blackbird in the yard but none in the last 10 years or so.
    Lots of them at Costco outdoor dining though.

  311. I saw a collared dove last week in the borough of Queens, NYC. March 2022!

  312. Have seen this in the Texas Panhandle this Spring 2022. I have referred to this a the “NIKE DOVE”.

  313. I have a pair of Eurasia collared doves nesting under my patio cover. I also have mourning doves in my backyard and I have seen the two species sitting together on the fence. I hope the Eurasians stick around and have more broods because they seem very friendly. I’ve read they can be hand tamed.

  314. W Eurasian collard doves. Sacramento metro airport. 6-21-2022. 8:13am.

  315. Saw a ring necked dove at my feeder in S Oregon this am 07 02 22.

  316. I am seeing large grey doves with white rings around their necks. Might these be the Asian doves? Through my binoculars, I cannot see the black ring, but the white ring is very pronounced.

  317. Just started seeing these beautiful doves in my backyard this weekend. I believe they may have been released at a neighborhood wedding. Very friendly, and landing in tree right next to our patio where 3 of us were sitting. Hoping this will be a common site.

  318. I just saw two Eurasian Collared dove preening in the Mesquite tree outside my window. I have never seen one before. We have dozens of white winged dove. I am about 80 miles north of Big Bend National Park in the far west Texas. 8 miles south of Alpine. Maybe they are common here, I was just excited because I have never noticed them before!