Wildlife - Species

Eurasian Collared Doves

Species Specific Regulations

Doves - Eurasian Collared

Licenses: Hunting License required. Migratory Bird Hunting and Seasons set annually.

Limits: Unprotected - May be harvested along with mourning doves and white-winged doves, but does not count in daily bag limit.

Complete hunting regulations.

Eurasian Collared Doves (Streptopelia decaocto)


  • Sexes similar
  • Pale gray head and underparts
  • Thin black collar with white upper border
  • Gray upperparts
  • Dark primaries
  • Long, squared tail-undersurface with black base and white tip; upper surface gray with white outer tips

Average Size

Length: 12 inches; approximate weight is between 4 to 6 ounces.

Preferred Habitat
Species was established in southern Florida and is expanding northward. Their range is throughout South Carolina – most common in outer coastal plain, but locally abundant throughout state. Feeds on grass seed and waste grain.



Publications and Literature

  • Field Planting Guide
  • Doves of South Carolina - Identification and Status. (Adobe PDF) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. Columbia, South Carolina

    South Carolina Dove Hunting Guide. (Adobe PDF) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. Columbia, South Carolina

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    Hunting Information

    For more information, please see:

    Billy Dukes - Small Game Project Supervisor

    P.O. Box 167
    Columbia, SC 29202
    Phone: (803) 734-3886
    Fax: (803) 734-6020

    E-mail: dukesb@dnr.sc.gov