Saturday, October 11, 2014

Eurasian Collared-Dove

The Eurasian collared-dove was introduced to the U.S. and is now found through extensive parts of the U.S., down into Mexico and in the Caribbean.
Eurasian collared-dove on senita cactus in Mexico.
It is pale gray-buff with a black collar. The tail is fairly long and blunt ended. The primaries are darker than the rest of the wing, appearing blackish. The ringed turtle-dove is smaller, has a shorter tail and is paler. It also has less contrast between the flight feathers and the rest of the wing. 
I saw the pictured doves in El Pinacate and Gran Desierto in Mexico below Organ Cactus National Monument in Arizona. One is standing on a senita cactus and another is nesting in a palm tree.


  1. That first picture looks like a painting. I love doves.

  2. Chris, I was just going to say the same thing about the first photo. Beautiful!