Eurasian Collared Dove
Sexes alike. Greyish-brown plumage; lilac wash about head and neck; black half-collar on hind-neck diagnostic; broad whitish tips to brown tail feathers,
seen as a terminal band when fanned during landing; dull lilac breast and ashygrey underbody. Small parties when not breeding; often associates with other doves; large gatherings glean in cultivated country; strong flier, chases intruders in territory.
cultivation, open scrub, dry forest.
most of the area, except extreme NE Himalaya; resident and local migrant; most common in NW, W and C India.
characteristic kukkoo…kook…, almost dreamlike in quality; also a strident koon…koon… when male displays at onset of breeding.