Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2002-08

Common name:

Eurasian Collared Dove

Scientific name: Streptopelia decaocto
Date: 1st -  22-23 Nov 2001
2nd - 14 Jan 2001 [must be 2002]
Time: 1st -  5:15 pm
2nd - 9:00 AM
Length of time observed: 15 minutes, 10 minutes
Location: Blanding, UT
County: San Juan
Elevation: 6100 ft
Distance to bird: 7 meters, 20 meters
Optical equipment:  
Weather: overcast
Light Conditions: good
Detailed description of bird: I immediately knew this was something new to me. The light coloration, the band (collar) on the back of the neck and off I went to the field guide. I suppose without the bird in hand we couldn't rule out a Ringed turtle-dove - but that would be a stretch.

At this writing my brother, who lives in Blanding is trying to procure a specimen (s)
(5 Photos of specimen)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Perching around and feeding on the ground under a bird (seed) feeder
Habitat: Within city limits
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
I know Rock Doves, Band-tailed and Mourning Doves - these were not those
Previous experience with this & similar species:  
References consulted: Sibley Guide to Birds
Description from: FROM MEMORY
Observer: Hal L. Black
Observer's address: 355 W. 200 N, Mapleton, Utah   84664
Observer's e-mail address:  
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Calvin Black
(***Note From Matt*** I believe that a specimen has been collected and the ID verified. Clayton, can you confirm this?)
Date prepared: 20 Jan 2002
Additional material: 5 Photos  Original Document