Eurasian Collared Dove: This species has invaded Reno and in the last four years has pushed out many native bird species: This is the bird up in your tree that won't shut up. It hoots, hoots and hoots to attract a mate or stake out territory.
Highly aggressive towards other birds. They are displacing mourning doves and other species by competing for food and territory. They can spread parasitic disease to other birds.
Prolific breeders and their numbers are growing. Prior to 1974, these birds did not exist in the USA. Several escaped in the Bahamas and in a mere 45 years have spread as far west as California, Nevada, Oregon and most other states.
Biologists and Naturalists agree that invasive species need to be dealt with.
Photos attached: Two pictures of the collared dove followed by two of the mourning dove. The collared dove is larger, has a black collar on its neck and the end of its tail is square. The mourning dove's tail is pointed and the dark areas on the neck are smaller.
PLEASE do not harm the mourning doves!! They are meek and beautiful birds with a soothing mating call. Our bird counts show a reduction of 50% in this neighborhood from just four years ago.
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