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Eurasian Collared-Dove or Collared Dove (Streptopelia decapcto) Pictures and Detail

Eurasian Collared Dove, Collared Dove

Eurosian Collared Dove or Collared Dove (Streptopelia decapcto) Pictures and Detail

Today, I will talk about another dove species i.e. Eurasian Collared dove or popularly known as a collared dove. Earlier, I covered three dove species on this blog and they were Laughing Dove, Rock Dove and Spotted Dove. A collared dove is also a common form of a dove and it has spread to the many parts of the world. 


Eurasian Collared Dove, Collared Dove

The scientific name of this dove is Streptopelia decapcto and it is a native bird to Europe and Asia; however, it has been introduced to American continent too. Because of their good population, these birds are put under the category of a least concerned birds. 


Eurasian Collared Dove, Collared Dove

They also have the similar eating habits as that of other dove birds like grains, fruits, small insects, etc. I spotted a pair of Eurasian collared doves and found them mostly together which shows their strong relationship. They are called collared doves because of the black colored collar-like shape around their neck. 
Eurasian Collared Dove or Collared Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove or Collared Dove
They almost have the same length as of common pigeons but are slightly thinner in size. Their average length is 32 cm and a wingspan of 52 cm. Collared dove birds love to live around the human habitation so that they can easily get their food. It is common to see them in fields or around the fields to get the grains to eat. 
Eurasian Collared Dove or Collared Dove
Back of Eurasian Collared Dove or Collared Dove
The best way to recognize these birds is to recognize the half-collar of black color on the neck. Around the half-collar at edges, we can also notice white color. 
juvenile, Eurasian Collared Dove, Collared Dove
The black-colored half-collar is not clearly visible in the juvenile birds. The opposite sexes of the collared dove are similar in shape but female birds are slightly smaller in size. They have two subspecies that differ slightly in color and shape. 
Eurasian Collared Dove or Collared Dove

In the picture below, you can see the pair of collared dove which I mostly found around me. 
pair, collared dove,


Grey-headed or Dark-headed Yellow Wagtail Pictures and Detail (Motacilla flava thunbergi)

Wagtail, Grey-headed, Yellow, Dark Headed
A Grey-headed Yellow Wagtail

Grey-headed Yellow Wagtail or Dark-headed Yellow Wagtail 



The most difficult thing is to find the exact name of wagtail because we can find many wagtails and their subspecies. It took me 5 hours to reach at this conclusion that this a Grey-headed or Dark-headed yellow wagtail. In Punjab, India, Grey-headed Yellow Wagtail is mentioned in a list of birds found in Punjab. 

This bird is a subspecies of Western Yellow Wagtail; therefore, many people commonly refer it as a Yellow Wagtail and its scientific name is Motocilla Flava thunbergi. In the tiny birds, we can find many varieties of birds and their subspecies make your job even tougher. 


Grey-headed Wagtail
Grey-headed Wagtail

These birds are Dark Grey or Grey headed till the cheeks. We find white color on checks in females which may be missing in male Dark-headed yellow wagtails. They have olive color above and yellow color on the bottom and in some cases we can find presence of some white color on the bottom.

These are insectivorous birds (the bird which eats insects only) and can be found in fields, open grounds, near water looking for insects. These birds are 15-16 cm long and they have a long tail. It is a common attribute of these birds to wag their tail; therefore, they got the name wagtail.

Dark-headed Wagtail

Dark-headed Yellow Wagtail give their eggs on the ground in tussocks. Some of these birds are residential in nature and some migrate from cold places to hotter places in winter.

Many bird watches and scientists believe that it is very confusing to exactly classify these birds because of so much similarity and presence of many subspecies.

Grey-headed Yellow Wagtail
Grey-headed yellow Wagtail from Back
We do not get many chances of seeing these birds because their small numbers and small size. In last one year, I saw this bird only one time. I hope to meet this bird and also love to learn more about it.

All Pictures of grey-headed yellow wagtail taken by me in Punjab (India).

Any person who has more information on this bird, then they can share it with me.