collared dove

noun
variants: or

collared–dove

Definition of collared dove

  1. 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. 2 :  any of various turtledoves (genus Streptopelia); especially :  ringed turtle dove

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1894

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1894


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