These little beauties appeared out in my back yard one day. I hadn't seen them here before and had to
grab my camera real fast. They came from Europe and have been spreading across America.You can
click on the speaker to hear them but it doesn't click off unless you refresh the page.
There is more information and the sound clip came from Cornell Lab of Orinthology
Males give the distinctive koo-KOO-kook call to defend territories and attract mates. The call may be repeated 3–12 times with the middle syllable much longer than the first and last. Females advertise with a softer version of the call. Both sexes give a lower-pitched, slower version when searching for nest sites and building the nest. When excited or alarmed, they react with a loud hwaah, a call they also give just before alighting.
Eurasian Collared-Doves readily come to seed and grain, particularly millet, strewn on the ground or placed on platform feeders. They often nest near houses and other developed areas where food is easily available.
Find This Bird
Eurasian Collared-Doves continue to expand their range and can now be found across much of the country. If you live in this species’ range but haven’t yet identified it, take a second look at your Mourning Doves: look for the collared-dove’s prominent white patches in the tail, dark-tipped wings, and the black collar at the nape of the neck, as well as the overall chunkier size. The collared-dove’s mournful koo-KOO-kook call is shorter, more impatient, and more frequent than that of the Mourning Dove.
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