The Eurasian collared dove was originally a bird which ranged from Turkey to southern China, but something about its behaviour and ability to adapt to new conditions has made it one of the avian success stories of the last century. From about 1830 it began an amazing expansion, crossing Europe and finally arrived in Britain in 1953. It has now reached the Faroe Islands, Norway and the Ural mountains. It was then introduced into the Bahamas in the 1970s, from where it has spread across North America, reaching California, Alaska and Nova Scotia. While it's common in most parts of the UK, it has only arrived in this area over the last few years - we don't remember them coming to the bird table when we first had the shop.
As one would expect of a dove, it's a peaceable bird, feeding quite happily with smaller birds, but it's shy, flying away as soon as it is approached. Yet its success seems to have come from exploiting a close relationship with humans - it comes to bird tables close to houses, and nests close too.