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Streptopelia decaocto
Collared Dove © Tommy Holden
Conservation listings

Europe: no SPEC category, (secure)
UK: Green

Long-term trend
UK: rapid increase
Status summary
Collared Dove abundance has increased rapidly since the species first colonised Britain in 1955. From just four birds in 1955, the population was put conservatively at 15,000-25,000 pairs by 1970 (Hudson 1972). The CBC index showed an almost exponential rise as colonisation continued during the early 1970s, but had levelled off by about 1980. BBS shows continuing increases (except in Scotland). The changes in breeding performance per nesting attempt have been very slight improvements.
CBC/BBS UK graph
Table of population changes for Collared Dove
Source Period
Years Plots
Alert Comment
25 1975-2000 346 104 65 165    
  10 1990-2000 699 42 23 67    
  5 1995-2000 1097 18 13 24    
BBS UK 8 1994-2002 988 26 19 33    
BBS England 8 1994-2002 883 28 20 35    
BBS Scotland 8 1994-2002 34 -27 -52 13    
BBS Wales 8 1994-2002 51 9 -19 47    
BBS acknowledgement
BBS UK graph
BBS England graph
BBS Scotland graph
BBS Wales graph
Table of productivity information for Collared Dove
Variable Period
Years Mean
Trend Predicted
in first year
in last year
Change Comment
Clutch size 33 1968-2001 42 None        
Brood size 33 1968-2001 67 Linear increase 1.76 chicks 1.84 chicks 0.08 chicks  
Daily failure rate (eggs) 33 1968-2001 57 None        
Daily failure rate (chicks) 33 1968-2001 51 Linear decline 0.0184 nests/day 0.0112 nests/day -0.0072 nests/day  
Laying date 33 1968-2001 41 None        
Clutch size graph
Brood size graph
Egg nest failure graph
Chick nest failure graph
Laying date graph
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This report should be cited as:
Crick, H.Q.P., Marchant, J.H., Noble, D.G., Baillie, S.R., Balmer, D.E., Beaven, L.P., Coombes, R.H.,
Downie, I.S., Freeman, S.N., Joys, A.C., Leech, D.I., Raven, M.J., Robinson, R.A. and Thewlis, R.M. (2004)
Breeding Birds in the Wider Countryside: their conservation status 2003.
BTO Research Report No. 353. BTO, Thetford. (http://www.bto.org/birdtrends2003)

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