Streptopelia decaocto – Breeding resident.
Red = breeding confirmed,
Orange = breeding probable,
Yellow = breeding possible
The Collared Dove originated in the Oriental region and may have been introduced into Asia Minor and the Balkans. It began to extend its range about 1930, rapidly progressing across Europe, reaching Hungary in 1932, Germany by 1943, France by 1950, Belgium by 1952 and began breeding in Norfolk in 1955.
The Collared Dove was first recorded in Pembrokeshire when Jack Donovan saw one at St Bride’s on the 18th April 1961. By May of that year four pairs were nesting at St David’s. It had become widely, though sparsely, distributed across the county by 1969.
Graham Rees (County bird recorder 1981 to 2007)
Data collected by volunteers for the BTO. Sharrock, J.T.R., (1977). The Atlas of Breeding Birds in Britain and Ireland. T. & A.D. Poyser.