The Eurasian collared-dove (Streptopelia decaocto), is a native of Europe and Asia. It was accidentally introduced to the Bahamas in the 1970s when some birds in a pet store were released.
The species arrived in Florida in the early 1980s and rapidly spread across the U.S. They are now found throughout nearly all of North America. They are larger than a native mourning dove, with a black ring around the back of the neck.
Biologists are tracking, and trying to anticipate the impact of Eurasian collared-doves on native species. Could Eurasian collared doves become an invasive threat to native doves or other native bird species? That remains to be seen.
In some states collared doves have been deemed an unprotected status, allowing them to be hunted year around with no license and no limit.