Eurasian Collared Dove

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names

Collared Dove, Ring Dove

Native Habitat



Grains, Seeds


Eurasian Collared Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

The Eurasian Collared Dove is a species of dove native to Asia and Europe, but also found in North and South America.

It is a medium sized dove, similar in length to a Rock Pigeon but slimmer and longer-tailed, and slightly larger than the related Turtle Dove. It is 35 cm long from tip of beak to tip of tail, with a wingspan of 55 cm, and a weight of 250 gm. It is grey-buff to pinkish-grey overall, a little darker above than below, with a blue-grey under-wing patch. The tail feathers are grey-buff above, and dark grey tipped white below; the outer tail feathers also tipped whitish above. It has a black half-collar edged with white on its nape from which it gets its name. The short legs are red and the bill is black. The iris is red, but from a distance the eyes appear to be black, as the pupil is relatively large and only a narrow rim of reddish-brown iris can be seen around the black pupil. The eye is surrounded by a small area of bare skin, which is either white or yellow. The two sexes are virtually indistinguishable; juveniles differ in having a poorly developed collar, and a brown iris.

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    ইউরেশীয় কণ্ঠীঘুঘু
  • Gujarati:
    ધોળ હોલો
  • Hindi:
    ढोर फाख्ता
  • Malayalam:
    പൊട്ടൻ ചെങ്ങാലി
  • Marathi:
    पठाणी होला, कंठी होला, रान होला, पिठोळ होला
  • Nepali:
    कण्ठे ढुकुर
  • Punjabi:
    ਗਾਨੀ ਵਾਲੀ ਘੁੱਗੀ
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Streptopelia decaocto