French: Pigeon colombin German: Hohltaube Spanish: Paloma zurita
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Subspecies and Distribution
C. o. oenas
Linnaeus, 1758 – British Is N to S Scandinavia and Finland, S to Portugal and NW Africa, and E through Caucasus and N Iran to NE Kazakhstan (Semey) and SW Siberia.
C. o. yarkandensis
Buturlin, 1908 – E Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan E through Tien Shan and Tarim Basin to Lop Nur (E Xinjiang).
32–34 cm; male 303–365 g, female 286–290 g. General colour blue-grey; primaries and secondaries with black tips, conspicuous in flight; two short black bars... read more
Not very vocal. In display, utters a series of 8–10 faint, short, monosyllabic cooing notes at a... read more
Generally fairly open country; often in cultivation, and extending into open woodland; partial to... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly feeds on the ground, taking seeds, grain, green leaves, buds, flowers and some invertebrates; seeds taken include those of weeds... read more
Mainly Apr–Oct. Prefers to nest in holes which may be in old trees, rock crevices, rabbit burrows or buildings. Where available, old... read more
Northern populations, like those of Fenno-Scandia and E Europe, are almost all migratory. Mores... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common in parts of extensive range. The European population is estimated at 561,000–1,040,000 pairs, some 36% of them in Britain... read more
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