Eurasian Collared Dove
|Copyright: Nitin Jawale (NitinJawale)
|Date Taken: 2016-05-12|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2016-05-12 23:16|
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|This is an Eurasian Collared Dove.|
It is a medium-sized dove, distinctly smaller than the wood pigeon, similar in length to a rock pigeon but slimmer and longer-tailed, and slightly larger than the related turtle dove, with an average length of 32 cm (13 in) from tip of beak to tip of tail, with a wingspan of 47–55 cm (19–22 in), and a weight of 125–240 g (4.4–8.5 oz). It 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. The two sexes are virtually indistinguishable; juveniles differ in having a poorly developed collar, and a brown iris.
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I believe we see this Dove in India too, neighbour Nitin.
Good to see you posting a fresh image from abroad.
The image is quite sharp and the bird looks nice against the deep blue sky.