collared dove

noun
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 YouthBird Watcher's DigestNovember/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


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