Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Status in the Checklist Area - Uncommon to Common*

Introduced to North America, Eurasian Collared-Doves are rapidly establishing themselves in many regions. Originally found in Asia, they spread westwards into Great Britain by the early 1950's. In the 1970's, they were introduced to the Bahamas and by early 1980, were found in Florida. They have started to spread throughout North America and were first detected in the Upper Fraser Valley in east Chilliwack in the fall of 2005 but have since spread to several other locations. They are a large dove that is found in rural and suburban areas often in flocks. For more information on this species' and its spread, click here.

Similar species:
Similar but larger and heavier than our native Mourning Doves. Mourning Doves are slender bodied with long, pointed tails, black spots on the wings and lacking the black crescent on the nape. Ringed Turtle-Doves, another exotic species, are sometimes spotted in the wild when escaped from captivity. They are smaller and paler than Eurasian Collared-Doves. They are also much less hardy and are said to be unable to survive outdoors for very long in cooler climates.

Sibley, D. 2000

Noteworthy Data
13-Oct-2011 Clearbrook Rd. x Huntingdon Rd., Abbotsford M. Dossett Several birds seen regularly since Mid-May.
06-Oct-2011 Canterbury Dr. x Kimberley Pl., Chilliwack G. Knill Two to three birds first seen in the spring.
05-Oct-2011 Corbould Park, Chilliwack J. Feinberg Four to six birds seen regularly most of summer.
10-Aug-2011 Hope Airport D. Beeke Five birds.
28-July-2011 7th and Wallace St, Hope D. Dal Bello Two birds in some fir trees. First Hope record.
29-June-2011 Laidlaw G. Gadsden Two birds. First record for Laidlaw.
23-June-2011 Eagle Point Park, Harrison Mills B. Schmor One bird. First record for Harrison Mills.
06-May-2011 Harrison Lake Plaza K. Jones One bird. First record for Harrison Lake
23-Dec-2010 Benharrell Road, Matsqui Prairie L. Jellicoe Around 20 in a yard with feeders.
15-Nov-2010 Wellsline x Bowman Roads, Sumas Prairie E. Klassen A high count of 75 individuals.
24-Oct-2010 Wellsline x Bowman Roads, Sumas Prairie E. Klassen A total of 54 individuals counted.
16-May-2010 Dewdney P. Ovington Single bird. One seen last year around the same time as well.
Spring 2010 South Sumas Road, Chilliwack J. Friesen Upwards of 12 birds. Birds carrying nest material recorded.
4-April-2010 Britton Ave, Chilliwack K. Talma One to two birds regular visitors to feeders.
13-Jan-2010 Page Road, Abbotsford G. Gadsden Single bird perched on wire.
12-Jan-2010 Upper Prairie x Chilliwack Central Roads, Chilliwack G. Gadsden Twenty-seven birds perched on wires and in trees.
8-Jan-2010 McDermott Road, Abbotsford E. Klassen Flock of twenty-one birds.
19-Dec-2009 Upper Prairie x Prairie Central Roads, Chilliwack G. Gadsden, C. McDonald Five birds.
19-Dec-2009 Gibson Road at tracks, Chilliwack D. Beeke Flock of thirteen birds.
20-Aug-2009 Ford x Chilliwack Central Roads, Chilliwack G. Gadsden Four birds perched on wires.
14-June-2009 Heather x Riverside Roads, Chilliwack C. McDonald A pair breeding.
12-May-2009 Lickman Road near tracks, Chilliwack G. Gadsden Landowner reports five birds as opposed to two as regular visitors to the yard.
Summer 2008 Lickman Road near tracks, Chilliwack G. Gadsden Landowner reported two coming to feeder for the summer.
11-Nov-2008 Yale Road x Reeves Roads, Chilliwack J. Vroegop Two birds.
5-Feb-2008 McDermott Road, Abbotsford E. Klassen Ten birds.
17-Jan-2008 McDermott Road, Abbotsford G. Gadsden Fifteen birds.
9-Jan-2008 McDermott Road, Abbotsford E. Klassen Five birds.
27-Nov-2007 McGrath Road, Chilliwack D. Beeke Three birds coming to a feeder.
24-Nov-2005 McGrath Road, Chilliwack D. Beeke First record for checklist area. Single bird coming to feeder until late Jan 2006.
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