One of Ireland's top-20 most widespread garden birds.
Status: Resident in towns and villages throughout Ireland.
Conservation Concern: Green-listed in Ireland. The European population has been evaluated as Secure.
Identification: A medium sized dove. Best identified from its narrow black, white edged, bar across the side of its neck. A rather uniformly coloured pale grey bird with dark outer wing feathers.
Similar Species: Turtle Dove.
Call: Trisyllabic coo, repeated several times.
Diet: Cereal grain, seeds and fruits of herbs and grasses, sometimes green parts and invertebrates.
Breeding: A recent colonist, it arrived in Ireland in 1959, after a rapid expansion through Europe in the preceding decades. It is now a widespread bird in Ireland but it shows a marked preference for suburbs, small towns and cereal growing areas. In the wider countryside it is only found in lowland areas and often in the vicinity of farm buildings, tends to avoid open countryside. Breeds in the dense foliage of trees. Nest a small flimsy flat platform of fine twigs. Usually two eggs.
Wintering: Similar to breeding distribution.
Where to See: Easy to see in nearly any small town or village throughout Ireland.
Monitored by: Countryside Bird Survey & Garden Bird Survey.