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Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

By teocali
Collared doves (Streptopelia decaocto) are a pale, pinky-brown grey colour, with a distinctive black neck collar (as the name suggests).They are also known as the Eurasian Collared-dove) They have deep red eyes and reddish feet. Their monotonous cooing will be a familiar sound to many of you. Although you'll often see them on their own or in pairs, flocks may form where there is a lot of food available, feeding mainly on seeds and grain.
Can be seen just about anywhere, at any time of the year, but often around towns and villages. They're common visitors to gardens. But collared doves only came to the UK in the 1950s, after a rapid spread across Europe from the Middle East. (

This one visits our garden frequently, always on its own. It is a full-frame image with no cropping, taken from 6.8m away.

Tags: Wild Garden Bird Full-frame Dove Common Eurasian Streptopelia decaocto Wildlife and nature Uncropped Collared

Voters: Rorymac, jennialexander, gary_d and 25 more

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Rorymac Plus
13 80 1 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 11:03AM
Top class image, so crisp.
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
31 Mar 2012 1:17PM
Beautiful capture Sylvia. Superb focus on the eye and face. I have never before been aware of the lovely ' pearly sheen' of the plumage.
Jasper87 Plus
12 3.0k 162 England
31 Mar 2012 1:40PM
Lovely colour and presentation, Sylvia. Our locals tend to clean up the spilled seed under the bird feeders.

Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
31 Mar 2012 2:11PM
He is a pretty fellow and very well captured............Sandy
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 3:56PM
nearly as bad as pidgeons but made you a good well detailed picture
MossyOak 10 22 15 England
31 Mar 2012 4:44PM
Very good detail Sylvia and like the turn of head to show a superb eye. Overall the perch and Dove are excellent and well balanced in the frame with a great neutral bg. One thing I would do though if possible is move the perch as the tree in the bg in bright light draws the eye as it is so close to the edge of the subject.
johnjo58 11 2 5 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 5:53PM
Wondeful picture of a very pretty and not often photographed bird. I agree with Richard re he very light branch on the left.

31 Mar 2012 6:10PM
brownsilent 15 7 2 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 9:53PM
such a common bird made special - great capture with superb detail
Glostopcat 16 255 2 England
1 Apr 2012 6:03PM
What a handsome bird, superbly captured on camera
photophantom 14 108 3 Philippines
3 Apr 2012 10:40PM
Pin sharp close up
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2012 9:16PM
Lovely tones Sylvia SmileSmile

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