Re: Collared Doves

Subject: Re: Collared Doves
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 17:00:42 +1000
Collared or Barbary Doves ?

I think we've been round this one before with the aviculturalists
telling me that no (?) Collared Doves (Streptopelia deaocto) are
imported here whereas Barbary Doves (Streptopelia risoria) have been.  

My Heinzel et al Birds of Britain and Europe says S. risoria is "A
favourite cage bird often escaping and occasionally breeding in the
wild. Markedly smaller annd creamier than Collared Dove but with no dark
wing tips and no blue-grey in tail."

But that was in 1974: the species have probably been split, lumped and
basted since then.

Michael Norris

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