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Eurasian Collared-Dove

Photo of Eurasian collared-dove walking on grass
Streptopelia decaocto
The Eurasian collared-dove was introduced in the Bahamas and has rapidly spread throughout most of the United States. At first glance, it looks like a chunky, pale gray mourning dove. More

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Photo of Eurasian collared-dove perched on a stump
The Eurasian collared-dove has a black crescent “collar” on the upper back (not a complete "ring"). The song is a three-parted “coo-coo-cook” or “coo-COO-coo,” often repeated incessantly; the call is a raspy, nasal, descending “heeeewww.” More

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Photo of Eurasian collared-dove walking on grass
The Eurasian collared-dove was introduced in the Bahamas and has rapidly spread throughout most of the United States. At first glance, it looks like a chunky, pale gray mourning dove. More

Mourning Dove

Photograph of a Mourning Dove walking on the ground
Mourning doves eat mainly seeds, plus some insects, as they walk on the ground in crop fields, around farms, and in yards. More

Mourning Dove

Photograph of a Mourning Dove walking on the ground
Zenaida macroura
Doves symbolize peace, and they are also a popular quarry of hunters. Our mourning doves are probably the closest living relatives of the extinct passenger pigeon. Learn more about these cooing seed-eaters! More

Mourning Dove Drinking Water

Photograph of a Mourning Dove drinking water with head down
Doves and pigeons, unlike most other birds, can drink water with their heads down. Other birds must scoop up water with their bills, then throw their heads back for gravity to make the water go down their throats. More

Mourning Dove Nest With Eggs

Photo of mourning dove nest with two eggs
Mourning doves court in April. Usually 2 eggs are laid in a flimsy nest and are incubated for 14 days. Squabs are fully fledged at about 2 weeks. Once a pair complete their first nest, they start on the next. They can have as many as 7 nesting attempts between late March and early September. More

Mourning Dove On Nest

Photo of a mourning dove on its nest
The male mourning dove collects sticks for the nest, bringing them to the female, which constructs the nest. Upon hatching, young squabs are fed “pigeon milk,” a nutritious secretion from the adult crop gland. After about a week, the young are weaned to seeds. More

Pigeon Control

Photo of a gray rock pigeon standing among rocks
Learn to identify, prevent, and control damage from non-native common pigeons (also known as rock doves) on your Missouri property. More

Rock Pigeon (Rock Dove)

Photo of a gray rock pigeon standing among rocks
Columba livia
This is the common pigeon of city parks, downtown buildings, barns, and cliffs. Many color forms exist. The wild type has a dark head, breast, and shoulders, a light gray body, two dark bars on the wings, a white rump, and a dark band on the tip of the tail. More