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COLLARED DOVE
Streptopelia decaocto
Collared Dove © Tommy Holden
Conservation Listings

Unlisted/Green
Biodiversity Steering Group: Unlisted

Long term trend
UK: Rapid increase
Status Summary
Collared Dove abundance has increased rapidly since the species first colonized Britain in the 1950s and, although the CBC trend has levelled off to some extent, the BBS shows continuing increases (except in Scotland). The changes in breeding performance per nesting attempt have been very slight.
Table of population changes for Collared Dove
Source Period
(yrs)
Years Plots
(n)
Change
(%)
Lower
limit
Upper
limit
Alert Comment
CBC all habitats 31 1968-1999 71 1389 631 3524    
  25 1974-1999 81 165 101 257    
  10 1989-1999 77 59 28 86    
  5 1994-1999 75 35 18 50    
CBC farmland 31 1968-1999 40 1581 620 7894    
  25 1974-1999 46 228 120 452    
  10 1989-1999 48 71 31 127    
  5 1994-1999 48 40 19 70    
CBC woodland 31 1968-1999 16 761 267 4014   Small sample
  25 1974-1999 19 104 38 247   Small sample
  10 1989-1999 17 11 -17 36   Small sample
  5 1994-1999 17 23 3 42   Small sample
BBS UK 6 1994-2000 977 18 11 25    
BBS England 6 1994-2000 876 19 12 26    
BBS Scotland 6 1994-2000 34 -21 -47 18   Small sample
BBS Wales 6 1994-2000 48 23 -9 67   Small sample
The Breeding Bird Survey is jointly funded by BTO, JNCC and RSPB
Table of productivity information for Collared Dove
Variable Period
(yrs)
Years Mean
annual
sample
Trend Predicted
in first year
Predicted
in last year
Change Comment
Clutch size 31 1968-1999 42 None        
Brood size 31 1968-1999 67 Linear increase 1.76 chicks 1.83 chicks 0.07 chicks  
Daily failure rate (eggs) 31 1968-1999 57 None        
Daily failure rate (chicks) 31 1968-1999 51 Linear decline 0.0184 nests/day 0.0116 nests/day -0.0068 nests/day  
Laying date 31 1968-1999 41 None        
Insufficient data on CES
available for this species




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This report should be cited as:
Baillie, S.R., Crick, H.Q.P., Balmer, D.E., Beaven, L.P., Downie, I.S., Freeman, S.N., Leech, D.I., Marchant, J.H.,
Noble, D.G., Raven, M.J., Simpkin, A.P., Thewlis, R.M. and Wernham, C.V.
(2002) Breeding Birds in the Wider
Countryside: their conservation status 2001. BTO Research Report No. 278. BTO, Thetford. (http://www.bto.org/birdtrends)

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