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African Collared-Dove


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The African Collared-Dove is very rarely seen as a wild bird in North America, and it is very difficult to distinguish from the Eurasian Collared-Dove. Birds that are seen are often escaped pets and are often called Ringed Turtle-Doves, a form of African Collared-Dove that has been domesticated for centuries. These birds frequently escape from captivity, and feral populations have become established in some cities in the southern United States.

At a GlanceHelp

Both Sexes
10.2–10.6 in
26–27 cm
17.7–19.7 in
45–50 cm
4.6–5.9 oz
130–166 g
Other Names
  • Ringed Turtle-Dove, Barbary Dove, Ring Dove, Domestic Ringdove
  • Tourterelle rieuse (French)

Cool Facts

  • The Ringed Turtle-Dove seems to have had the fear of large, strange, or moving creatures bred out of it more than any other domesticated bird, and individuals are readily made hand-tame. The recognition of predatory birds remains, however, and it shows standard hawk-escaping dove behavior. One common response to a hawk is to "freeze" motionless. This behavior undoubtedly worked well with its normal, darker plumage in its natural habitat, but the pale domesticated form stands out conspicuously against green lawns.


Open Woodland

Open woodland and parks around people.





Nesting Facts
Clutch Size
2 eggs
Egg Description
Condition at Hatching
Helpless with creamy buff down.
Nest Description

Flimsy platform of twigs, in tree or bush.

Nest Placement



Ground Forager

Feeds mostly on ground.


status via IUCN

Least Concern

Feral populations do not seem to be able to maintain themselves without being provided food by people.


    1. American Ornithologists' Union. 1998. Check-list of North American Birds, 7th ed. American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.
    2. Cramp, S., et al. 1985. The Handbook of the birds of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa: The Birds of the Western Palearctic. Volume IV: Terns to Woodpeckers. Oxford University Press.
    3. Goodwin, D. 1983. Pigeons and doves of the world. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York.

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