The Collared Dove (also called the Ring-Necked Dove) is not a native species to the UK. However after being introduced in 1953 from Europe, it is an extremely successful species.
They are now a common visitor to gardens across the UK, with numbers rising dramatically over the last 44 years. Smaller than the Feral Pigeon, measuring 21-33 cm, they can be identified by a narrow black band around the rear of the neck and dark wing tips on the primary flight feathers.
Collared Doves breed almost exclusively in trees or bushes, building a very basic nest made of small twigs. Breeding takes place between February/March, and October. Their nests will be found close to human habitation where food supplies are optimum, normally in residential gardens or parks. They lay two white eggs which hatch in 15-18 days, with the young fledgling after 17-22 days.