I saw what I believe to be a Eurasian Collard Dove here in one of the Oaks next to the little pond two days ago. I looked out my living room window and saw a pinkish bird way up in the tree branches. From the shape of the bird, I immediately knew that the bird was a dove. I had never seen a Eurasian Collard Dove before. The main difference between the more common Mourning Dove and this Eurasian Collard Dove is that this dove has a pink tinge to the head and chest that the other dove does not have. The bird is medium-sized, light grey and pink, and has a faint ring around its neck that is hard to see.
Like most doves, this one eats seeds, nuts, and fruits. The Eurasian Collard Doves live primarily in the Southern U.S.A. Apparently these doves had been released into the wild in the Bahamas in the 1970’s and have spread to the Southeastern U.S.A.. They are becoming more established here in TN now. I only saw this single bird here but I did see another similar dove up the road a few miles away when out driving. I have only seen a dove here twice. The last time was way back around Halloween (end of October). This dove is likely a Eurasian Collard Dove but I am not absolutely sure. I can tell you, this bird did not look like most Mourning Doves I have seen. It looked very pink – almost like it was luminously shining. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!