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Eurasian Collared Dove

This beautiful Eurasian Collared Dove (I originally posted it as a Mourning Dove but was informed that it is in fact a Eurasian Collared Dove) gave us a visit in the back yard this morning. Great way to start the day!

 

Originally found near the Bay of Bengal in Asia, this dove began its range expansion in the 1600’s. By 1900, it had made its way to Turkey, and by 2000 could be found as far north as the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia. Expansion into North America occurred in the early seventies when the collared dove appeared in the Bahamas. Since 1982, when first discovered in Florida, it has been gradually making its way north and west. Nineteen ninety-seven marked the first official report of Eurasian collared doves in Orem, Utah. Now they have spread throughout the state. This is the first one I've seen.

 

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Taken on January 10, 2012