OK newly-fledged bird nerds, let me blow your mind: THERE WERE NO COLLARED DOVES IN THE UK BEFORE THE 1950s. I know. Head, boom! Am I right?
Yep. The UK population has gone from zero to about two million in a little over sixty years. How did they do it, you ask? Well, they can produce four broods a year and they aren’t particularly fussy eaters. That’s about the size of it. Fucking and eating. It’s not rocket science.
But if there are two million of them, do you have them in your garden? Probably. So let’s do another five super helpful spotting tips to help you find one!!!
Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
- You know pigeons, right, like you get in towns and that? Well you are looking for something like that but a bit more delicate…
- …and a different colour…
- …specifically a nice, pale browny-grey colour…
- …and with a black collar.
- Actually, it’s worth mentioning that the collar doesn’t go all the way round the neck. You couldn’t wear a tie with it. It’s more like a black headband worn round the neck (for some reason, I don’t know) but ‘Collared Dove’ is a catchier name than ‘Collared, but not like all the way round, Dove’ so here we are.
You’ll work it out.