Friday, July 22, 2016

Eurasian Collared Dove Pair Close Up


A pair of large Eurasian Collared-Doves are rare visitors to the Backyard feeder which is obviously too small for them, but they manage to improvise. These may be a breeding couple. These doves are big and ravenous, but their size and relative slowness compared to their much smaller cousins the Mourning Dove makes them easy prey for hawks and these Doves are very nervous and easy to spook in the open. See Coopers Hawk kill a Eurasian Dove:

Introduced from the Bahamas in the 1980's they have spread far and wide, but around this area of Florida they are just too easy picking for all the raptors and their numbers are small.

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Eurasian Collared Dove Pair Close Up