Eurasian Collared Dove

Eurasian Collared Dove

(Streptopelia decaocto)
*Detected in Michigan*
PROHIBITED IN MICHIGAN

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Use the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) online reporting tool 

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Identification:

  • Mostly gray with white upper body
  • Black collar on the back of its neck
  • Slender black bill
  • Deep red iris of the eye
  • Broad, squared tail with black base
  • Dark red legs and feet

Eurasian Collared Dove
Milt Moody

Eurasian Collared Dove
Joy Viola Northeastern University Bugwood.org

Habitat: Collared doves live on farmlands, open country, and wood edges in suburban and urban areas. They appear to thrive in areas with a combination of open ground and trees.

Diet: Diet consists mostly of seed and cereal grain. Some berries, plant material, and invertebrates are also consumed.

Native Range: Asia, Europe, and Northern Africa

U.S. Distribution: Established in much of the United States except the northeastern states

Local Concern: Populations spread rapidly and compete with native species. Eurasian collared doves are considered a pest in agricultural areas, especially in areas that grow grains. This species can carry West Nile Virus.

Potential Means of Introduction: Dispersal of young individuals over long distances

Native look-alikes and how you can tell them apart from the Eurasian collared dove:

  • Mourning Dove: Smaller in overall size, no black collar, blue ring around eyes, black spots on back, pointed tail

MORE INFORMATION:

Eurasian Collared Dove Invasive Species Alert - Printable PDF