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Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) | by warriorwoman531
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Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

The Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) is grey-buff to pinkish-grey overall, a little darker above than below, with a blue-grey under wing patch. The tail feathers are grey-buff above, and dark grey tipped white below; the outer tail feathers also tipped whitish above. It has a black half-collar edged with white on its nape from which it gets its name. The short legs are red and the bill is black. The iris is red, but from a distance the eyes appear to be black, as the pupil is relatively large and only a narrow rim of reddish-brown iris can be seen around the black pupil. The eye is surrounded by a small area of bare skin, which is either white or yellow.

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Taken on October 15, 2012