Observations of nesting Eurasian Collard-Doves (Streptopelia decaocto) in Gulf Breeze, Florida

Published in 1999

The first Florida records of Eurasian Collared-Doves date back to the late 1970’s and early 1980’s (American Birds 41: 1370-1379). The first Florida Panhandle record was a small colony discovered near Fort Walton Beach in 1987 (American Birds 41: 1370-1379). The species is now abundant year-round along the northwest Florida coast, but to the best of our knowledge, little has been published on the nesting biology of the Eurasian Collared-Dove in the southeastern United States.

This paper records observations of a breeding pair of Collared-Doves for 41 days from June to August, 1998, in Gulf Breeze, Escambia Co., Florida. Observations of nest-building, incubation, hatching, development of young, and fledging are presented.

Author: Rufus E. Rose and Merilu C. Rose
Volume Number: 45 Year Published: 1999
Issue Number: 1
Page Number: 1

Link to article: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/1999/Vol 45 No 1 1999_p1-3.pdf
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