Key information: The Collared Dove is one of the most common birds of Cyprus. It has a pale grey plumage, darker grey wings, a pinkish tint on the head, neck and breast and a narrow black bar on the back side of the neck. It has a distinctive song which consists of three coo’s which are often repeated a few times. It is often seen in pairs. It is slightly smaller than the Woodpigeon.
Length: 29 – 33 cm
Habitat: Towns and villages
When they can be seen: All year round
What they eat: Seeds, grains
In Cyprus: Can be seen in inhabited areas all over Cyprus
Status: Resident breeder
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis