Photographer's Note

Streptopeleia decaocto is one of the most active invasive bird species of our day. As its name implies, this collared-dove is a native of Eurasia, specifically Turkey and the Indian subcontinent. At the beginning of the 20th century, this species started to expand its range. It already had a foothold in the Balkans and Middle East but it moved further westward into the rest of Europe, jumping over to the British Isles where it is considered one of the most common British birds. Its range on that continent extends as far east as the Iberian Peninsula, west to Russia, and north to Scandinavian points above the Arctic Circle.

The short legs are red and the bill is black. The iris is red, but from a distance the eyes appear to be black, as the pupil is relatively large and only a narrow rim of reddish-brown iris can be seen around the black pupil. The eye is surrounded by a small area of bare skin, which is either white or yellow. The two sexes are virtually indistinguishable; juveniles differ in having a poorly developed collar, and a brown iris.

The Eurasian Collared-Dove may be able to handle the cold, but it thrives in warm, even tropical climes as well.This dove shares a distinguishing mark, a black collar around the nape that does not extend all the way around the neck, with the Ringed Turtle-Dove. However, the Eurasian dove is much larger.

I captured this photo along Al Qusais Industrial Area at suberbs of Dubai.

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