Merlin

African Collared-Dove Identification

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Adult Description

  • Medium-sized bird.
  • Small head.
  • Pale buff to white body and head.
  • Black half-collar on back of neck.
  • Medium-long square tail.

Immature Description

Juvenile paler and duller, with gray feet and eyes that gradually change to adult color. Eyes become yellowish, then orange, then adult red.
Relative Size

Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
Measurements
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 10.2-10.6 in (26-27 cm)
    • Weight: 4.6-5.9 oz (130-166 g)
    • Wingspan: 17.7-19.7 in (45-50 cm)