|maps from ebird|
In 1974, less than 50 Eurasian Collared-Doves escaped during a burglary from a pet shop in the Bahamas. Since then, they have been fruitful and multiplied across the North American continent. A pair can produce up to six broods a year in warmer climates. As you can see in the data collected by ebird, they will probably be a common bird sighted in Michigan in another 10 years.
The genus Streptopelia is from the Greek streptos, a collar of twisted chain mail, and peleia, a dove. And interestingly their species name decaocto is the name of a servant girl from a Greek folktale that was transformed into a dove by the gods to escape; the dove’s mournful cry recalls her former life. The song is a koo-KOO-kook.
|Photo from Wikimedia Commons|
The Passenger Pigeon became extinct http://passenger-pigeon-extinct.html
How Do You Keep Doves From Dominating a Feeder? http://bit.ly/zDAwR2
Mourning Dove nesting facts and figures http://goo.gl/WeLWy
Why should we care about birds? http://goo.gl/4iD8a
Who Bird Watches http://goo.gl/vX9j5
Why is the Dove a Symbol of Peace? http://t.co/Br4EnlB