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An Old World dove related to the ringed turtle dove, with buff, gray, or brown plumage and a narrow black band around the back of the neck.
Genus Streptopelia, family Columbidae: several species, in particular the sandy gray S. decaocto, which originated in Asia, and has recently been found breeding widely in southeastern Florida
- ‘Until recently, winter nesting in British birds has been very rare beyond a handful of species that include the wood pigeon, feral pigeon, and collared dove.’
- ‘We also saw collared doves, wood pigeons, barn swallows and a red-wattled plover.’
- ‘It showed that collared doves and wood pigeons are now five times more common in gardens nationwide than in 1979.’
- ‘Some species of pigeons and doves have expanded their ranges and increased their population sizes as a result of human activities (for example, ‘rock doves Columba livia’ and ‘Eurasian collared doves Streptopelia decaocto’).’
- ‘When viewed from the underside, the collared dove appears grayer than a turtle dove, with black visible on the tail.’
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