Sarah DeGarmo is a graduate student in Biology at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and she is again asking for your help. She has been working with Biology Professor Dr. Doug Wood to study an invasive, exotic bird species, the Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto). The Eurasian Collared-Dove is the larger of the doves in the Bryan County area, compared to the common Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) and less common White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica). The Collared-Dove is distinguished by the black collar on the back of its neck. They are a pale light brown to gray in color with the tips of their wings darker than the rest of the body. The tip of their tail is squared off compared to the tapered tail of the Mourning Dove. They can typically be seen perched on utility poles, wires, fences, and in trees. Collared-Doves are often seen present at backyard seed feeders and in parks.
DeGarmo’s research will provide data on nesting characteristics, such as location, materials, and when this bird nests in our area. She will also study how many eggs are laid per nesting cycle, how long the eggs are incubated, and the rate of hatching and fledgling of Eurasian Collared-Dove young. This data is currently lacking for this bird species in Southern Oklahoma, as well as the United States.
DeGarmo and her research team have been conducting nest searches since mid-February and will be continuing through August in towns throughout Bryan County. Several residents of Bryan County responded to her first story with sightings of Eurasian Collared-Doves and their nests. Some of these residents include L. Geer of Durant who has helped locate two nests, P. and D. Mauck of Calera who have helped locate several nests, and J. and M. Hill of Caddo who have helped locate multiple pairs and nests. Once a nest has been located, it will be monitored a few days per week to record nest characteristics, egg characteristics, incubation length, hatchlings, and fledglings.
She is reaching out to the community to aid in locating nests of the Eurasian Collared-Dove around Bryan County, OK. If you or your family enjoys the occasional bird watching from your porch or a park and see a flock of Eurasian Collared-Doves or a nest, please contact her with your name and the location of the birds. The small research team will then monitor the nest with appropriate permission.
Please contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 580-745-2272 if you have sightings of this species.