Note also that the female's collar is … Eurasian Collared Dove. Collared dove male (at left) and female in a suburban garden in southern England. Both male and female birds have the distinct black half-collar finely outlined with white around the nape of the neck. Eurasian collared-doves are larger than mourning doves and slightly lighter in color. Overall color is a chalky or grayish tan, with whitish patches at the end of the tail. The sex of a Eurasian collared dove is extremely hard to determine visually. Assess the bird's body shape and proportions. When he lands, he makes a nasal “kwourrr”. Eurasian Collared Dove. ... After pairing up, the male will show the female several potential nest sites with her choosing the one. Large plump body, small head; Gray, brown or white; Common in cities and … The Mourning Dove's beak is tapered and sharp at the tip; its length is only about a third the depth of the bird's head. An attractive bird, the plumage of the Collared Dove is a mix of pinkish sandy-brown and grey. Although they can feed peacefully in mixed flocks, Eurasian Collared-Doves will also chase off other birds, including Mourning Doves, cardinals, and Blue Jays.” (Cornell) Nesting (source, Cornell): “The male dove brings the female twigs, grasses, roots and other nesting materials, which he sometimes pushes directly under her. They will build the nest in a tree about 3 to 15 meters up out of sticks and twigs, the male gathers the nesting material while the female constructs the nest. The Eurasian collared dove bred for the first time in Britain in 1955 in Norfolk. Nest Description. At first glance, the Eurasian collared-dove looks like a chunky, pale gray mourning dove. They have very beautiful courtship displays, partially aerial, partly in a tree or on the ground. Before 1930 it was confined to Turkey and the Balkans in Europe, although it was found as far east as China. The young do not develop this collar until after their first moult. Eurasian collared doves are monogamous and form strong pair-bonds. The male brings materials to the female, and she builds the nest. Mourning Doves are often described as having a round head that looks too small for its body. Eurasian Collared-Dove, Vancouver Island, BC, Photo By Robert Logan. These birds are rather slender overall and delicate in appearance, with a smooth body profile from head to tail and a round chest. One would either have to manually sex the birds, or guess from their behavior. Nests are usually built 10 or more feet above the ground. Narrow black collar on nape of neck; White, squared tail underside; Pale gray body, black bill, red irises; Rock Dove (Rock Pigeon) Rock Dove. The male takes off abruptly from his perch with noisy wing beats in order to rise. ... the female will incubate the eggs during the day before swapping over at dusk for the male to incubate through the night. The male dove brings the female twigs, grasses, roots and other nesting materials, which … In warmer regions, Eurasian Collared-Doves can nest year-round, which may help explain their success as colonizers. He then soars down with his tail fanned. This male has something wrong with his crop and always looks like this.