Collered Dove nests on gate lamp
description: The Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto), most often simply called the collared dove,[2][3][4][5] also sometimes hyphenated as Eurasian collared-dove,[6] is a species of dove native to warm temperate and subtropical Asia, and introduced in North America in the 1980s. In the latter half of the 20th century the species' native range vastly expanded, and it can now be found from Southeast Asia through to Western Europe. Collared doves are sometimes kept in aviculture, and form strong relationships with each other. The genus name Streptopelia is from Ancient Greek streptos, "collar" and peleia, "dove". The specific decaocto is a latinisation of the Greek word for "eighteen", from deca, "ten", and octo, "eight". In Greek mythology, a servant complained bitterly about pay of just 18 pieces a year, and the gods changed her to a dove that still cries mournfully.
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