Tamsin's picture

Collared Doves

Observed: 27th February 2012 By: TamsinTamsin’s reputation in BirdsTamsin’s reputation in BirdsTamsin’s reputation in BirdsTamsin’s reputation in Birds
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David Gibbs's picture

are you sure

that you have ruled out African Collared Dove. Some are identical to decaocto, only readily identified by call.

Tamsin's picture

er no...

I didn't know about the African Collared Dove. There were hundreds of them in the towns in Tenerife, like the pigeons in London. I think their call was pretty similar to the wood pigeon but I only heard it a couple of times. I suppose since Tenerife is right near Africa it makes more sense for it to be the African Collared Dove?


RoyW's picture

My understanding is that the

My understanding is that the 'collared doves' on Tenerife that look like African Collared Doves are the ones that are contentious, and not the ones that look like Eurasian Collared Doves.
The African Collared Doves there were apparently introduced (perhaps not even originating from 'pure' stock), and there has then believed to have been some hybridisation after Eurasian Collared Doves arrived.
Eurasian Collared Doves are certainly said to greatly out number any African Collared Doves on the islands.

I've never visited the Canary Islands though so haven't looked into the situation in any detail.