Collared Doves

Collared doves are a familiar sight in British gardens. They originated in the Middle East, spread across Europe and arrived in the UK in the 1950s.photo of collared doves in flight

They are slighter than rock pigeons with light grey plumage and the distinctive dark collar on the back of the neck. From a distance their eyes look black, but apparently are actually very deep red. Doves are symbolic of peace which is ironic given the constant coocoo-COO-coocoo-COO noise that they are always making.

photo of collared doveThese particular doves have survived the sparrowhawk and neighbourhood sniper and regularly hang out in our garden, along with the wood pigeons and rock pigeons. Long may they do so.

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