Collared Dove: love birds | Nature Notes

It would be hard to confuse the collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto) with anything else although I have heard people refer to it as the ringed dove which is actually at totally different non-British species. Until the early 1950's the collared dove was a non-British species too, being more at home in the Balkans. During the 1930's it suddenly began to spread across Europe and arrived in Britain in 1954 (as far I can ascertain). Its arrival had the 'twitchers' of its day quite excited but now it is just a common bird seen near human habitation from farms to city centres right across the United Kingdom. It entered the RSPB Garden Birdwatch top ten in 1989 and has since gone on to reach number 7 in 2014.

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