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Eurasian collared dove - (Streptopelia decaocto)

 Eurasian collared dove
Eurasian collared-doves first appeared in the U.S. in Florida after being introduced from Europe. They have now worked their way to virtually every State in the conterminous U.S. Their numbers in the Ajo area are still very small and consequentially are seen infrequently.

Size: 13 inches
Overall Color: gray/tan
Occurrence: town
Diet: seeds, insects
Nest: platform
Field Identification: square tail, narrow black band on back of neck, larger than mourning dove, light gray almost white, extremely common in towns and cities
Season: year-round

Eurasian collared dove
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae (doves)
Genus: Streptopelia
species: decaocto

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