Eurasian Collared Dove
*Detected in Michigan*
PROHIBITED IN MICHIGAN
- 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
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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