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EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Streptopella decaocto
HOUSE NAME: "Delta"
HABITAT: Urban and suburban settings of North America, Europe, and Asia
CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern
FUN FACT: Originally from Asia, this species spread westward and north to cover Europe. Introduced to the Bahamas in 1975 when several birds escaped from a pet shop in Florida and the owner then released approximately 50 birds which spread North West into Florida and then eventually covered most of the United States.
DIET: Seed and cereal grain such as millet, sunflower, milo, wheat, and corn. They also eat some berries and green parts of plants, as well as invertebrates.
DESCRIPTION: A large, pale gray-buff dove with a black collar. Approximate length 11.4 -11.8 inches. Wingspan averages 13 inches. The tail is fairly long and blunt-ended. Juvenile: paler; buff fringes on feathers of the upper-parts; black collar obscured or missing.
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*Eurasian Collared Doves are education animal ambassadors, their habitat is not viewable to public as they require privacy when not on program.
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