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Collared Dove

Although the Collared Dove was not a resident of the UK before the 1950's, this bird is now one of the most widespread of birds predominantly around towns and cities. Has a dark-grey back, pale-grey belly and a distinctive collar of black and white. Black wingtips and white tail feathers are distinctive in flight.

The "coo-coo-coo" song is repeated and can be slightly grating after a while. Very basic nests of twigs almost seem to be too flimsy to hold the contents, and may be built in trees or on building ledges.

Collared Doves feed mainly on seed and tender shoots from the ground, but will try many foods. In gardens, they will eat seed from the ground or from the bird table.