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Eurasian Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

Streptopelia decaocto photo © by Michael Plagens

This dove was found nearly immobile at the side of the road in Glendale, Arizona, USA. Feb 2010. It was likely struck by a motor vehicle and has severe internal injuries.

In the past several years this dove has invaded the Valley of the Sun (as Metro Phoenix is sometimes called) from populations spreading westwards from its original introduction point in the Bahama Islands during the 1970's. Yea, this bird, like the rest of us, is another immigrant to America. Eurasian Collared Dove's behavior is similar to that of Mourning Dove's. They are quite common in areas near agricultural opperations and grassy suburban neighborhoods where they feed especially on developing grass seeds.

Eurasian Collared Dove is readily distinguished from the Mourning Dove by the blunt tail (as opposed to a long tapered tail) and the dark ring around the back of the neck (which may be partially concealed).

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