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Streptopelia decaocto : Collared Dove - Columbidae
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Williams, Aubrey John
Collared Dove, Streptopelia decaocto
For many of us, one of the most familiar sounds in our gardens and parks is the loud repetitive ‘coo-cooo-coo’ of the collared dove. This bird is common throughout the UK and is easily identified by its buff-pink breast, grey-brown wings and distinctive black neck collar. It is mostly found in urban areas, including farms and gardens where it can be seen perched on roofs and telephone wires. The diet of the collared dove mostly consists of seeds, grain, berries and other vegetation, which it tends to eat on the ground. Often seen in pairs, the males make elaborate display flights to attract a female’s attention, this starts with the bird rising up into the air, clapping its wings and then gliding down with wings and tail outspread. Collared doves usually nest in trees; females will lay two eggs that are incubated by both parents for about a fortnight and the chicks will usually fledge after about three weeks.