Eurasian Collared Dove

      Streptopelia decaocto

      Information

      The Eurasian Collared Dove is of oriental origin. Within a few decades it has extended its territory from the Balkans to the British Isles and as far north as the Arctic Circle. Over the last few years it has also colonised the rest of Europe such as large parts of Russia, Iceland and the Iberian Peninsula. It is hard to imagine our housing areas without this species and its trisyllabic mating call.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      common breeding resident
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      15'000 - 25'000 (2013-2016)
      Migration behaviour
      resident
      Length (cm)
      31-33
      wing span (cm)
      48-53
      Weight (g)
      150-225
      Nest site
      buildings, trees
      Food
      seeds, rubbish
      Group
      Pigeons
      Habitat
      farmland, settlements
      Distribution
      Distribution
      Distribution