Collared Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

About

Collared doves are small, common pigeons found in farmland, woodland, parks and gardens across the country. Since breeding in the UK was first recorded in the 1950s numbers have increased and the collared dove is now one of the top ten garden visitors in the UK. Collared doves feed on seeds and grain on the ground and are usually seen singularly or in pairs but small flocks may form where there is enough food.

How to identify

Collared doves are buff-coloured with darker grey wingtips, a black half-collar and paler patches at the shoulders and at the end of the tail. Less colourful than the turtle dove, it also sounds different: turtle doves have a purring 'turrr turrr turr' song, compared to the familiar 'hoo hoooo-hoo' of the collared ove.

Where to find it

Found everywhere.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

During the mid-20th century collared doves expanded their range from Asia and the Middle East into Europe, becoming one of our commonest garden birds. Their smaller size and gentler nature make them welcome visitors to most gardens and they'll benefit from food and water put out for other, less common, garden bird species. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Collared Dove
Latin name
Streptopelia decaocto
Category
Birds
Pigeons and doves
Statistics
Length: 31-33cm Wingspan: 51cm Weight: 200g Average Lifespan: 3 years
Conservation status
Common.