Eurasian Collared Dove
The Eurasian Collared Dove is now a common sight throughout most of Europe, but this was not always the case: in the early 1930s, their European range extended only to the Balkans and at that point they massively increased their range. As well as Europe, they are found across Asia including India, Sri Lanka and parts of China. They have adapted well to humans and breed almost solely within a short distance of habitation, raising several broods a year, even in winter. They mainly live off of seeds and grains, favouring farmland in winter when they can form large flocks, but within this they still form permanent pairs. They are 29-33 cm in length.
1: Selsey, East Sussex, 27/09/2006.
2: Riverside Park, Southampton, Hampshire, 12/07/2013.
3: Yateley, Hampshire, 08/10/2006.
4: Yateley, Hampshire, 14/02/2007.