Collared Dove ( Sreptopelia decaocto )
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The Collared doves had been recorded in Hungary in the 1930s, later on they spread to Austria, Germany and France. They also migrated to Netherlands and Denmark. In 1952 they were seen in England and in 1959 even in Ireland. By the end of 1960 these doves colonized almost all of the United Kingdom. This is a fine example of rapid expansion of one bird species. Nowadays Streptopelia decaocto can be found almost all over Europe apart from the northern parts of Scandinavia. It is also spread in southwestern parts of Asia and north-west of Africa. The collared dove is particularly spread in Spain.
It is 34 cm (13 inches) in size. Its plumage is predominantly pale brown. There is a black stripe on the neck that looks like a collar. The belly is whitish. On the tip of the wins there is a white stripe.
The collared dove can be often found in gardens and parks. Is nest is often situated on the roofs or in the tree. The nest is basically made of twigs. Doves feed on seeds and plants. The hens have usually two white eggs.