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; moving... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Still locally fairly common in parts of extensive range; European population estimated at minimum of c. 460,000 pairs. Population expansions have... read more
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