Introduced to the Bahamas from Europe in the 1970s, the Eurasian collared-dove is quickly finding its niche in North America, spreading rapidly north and west. It can now be seen nearly throughout the United States, and is becoming increasingly common.
Compared to mourning doves, Eurasian collared-doves are larger and much paler. Collared-doves get their name from the prominent black stripe across the back of the neck, highlighted by thin white stripes above and below the “collar.”
Eurasian collared-doves’ three-note coo-COO-coo calls are lower in pitch than a mourning dove, and are usually repeated several times in succession.
Listen to a Eurasian Collared-Dove: