collared dove

variants: or collared-dove

Definition of collared dove

1 : a large, slender, pale gray Eurasian dove (Streptopelia decaocto) introduced into North America and having a square tail and a black band on the nape of the neck The season will remain open through Jan. 15 with a daily bag limit of 15 for native mourning doves. There is no limit for collared doves, which are considered an invasive species. — Bryan Brasher, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee), 22 Dec. 2013 Another identification tip is to look at the bird's wings: The collared-dove's primaries, seen both in flight and at rest, are dark brown, while the ringed turtle dove's are tan.— Howard Youth, Bird Watcher's Digest, November/December 1998

called also Eurasian collared dove

2 : any of various turtledoves (genus Streptopelia) especially : ringed turtle dove

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First Known Use of collared dove

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Collared dove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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