Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

April 19, 2013

Eurasian Collared Dove?

Filed under: backyard, Birds — richditch @ 2:43 pm
Eurasian Collared Dove?

Eurasian Collared Dove?

The most abundant species in our Phoenix backyard is the widespread Mourning Dove: we probably have 50 or so birds visit the yard every day for the seed we scatter on the ground. We used to have 8-12 Inca Doves daily as well, but in the past couple of years they have almost disappeared from the neighborhood, and we feel fortunate when one or two show up every month or so. In the warmer months we also get up to six White-winged Doves joining the Mourning Doves feeding on the seed.

Last year we had our first Eurasian Collared Dove show up. This species arrived in AZ a few years ago and has made an explosive expansion throughout the state, so we were actually surprised it took so long for one to reach our yard.

Earlier this week we had a normal plumaged Eurasian Collared Dove show up again, and Carol pointed out a curious second dove with it – the one seen in these photos.

Eurasian Collared Dove?

Eurasian Collared Dove?

It was the same size as the normal Eurasian Collared Dove, but lacked the black collar on the hind neck. The bird was more mottled as well. The wingtips looked right for Eurasian Collared Dove as did the tail.

My first thought was this was a juvie Eurasian Collared Dove, mostly from the hesitant behavior. But my field guides show juvies with the black neck collar.

So, I”m interested in opinions on this particular bird. What do you think it is?



  1. Rich, I found this link with images of what are said to be juvenile Eurasian Collared Doves:

    They images look very much like your bird.

    Comment by Mia McPherson — April 19, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

  2. Thanks for the link, Mia. That does look like a good match to our visitor.

    Comment by richditch — April 19, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

  3. I have yet to see a juvenile Eurasian Collared Dove juvenile in person, thanks for sharing your excellent images

    Comment by Mia McPherson — April 19, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

  4. I’ve seen at least one juvie without the collar. It was at Santa Cruz Flats. Hope this helps.

    Comment by Pat Goltz — April 19, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

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