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Sickleberry

Sickleberry – Streptopelia decaocto

The sickle bird is an excellent example of a species with great expansion power. This bird, native to the south and south-east of Asia, appeared in the 19th century in the Balkans. After multiplication, the colon dorms began to colonize the regions lying more to the northwest. W 1930 years began to nest in Hungary, and soon spread in Czechoslovakia, Austria, In Poland and in Transcarpathia Ukraine. In Central Europe, sickle-broods spread along river runs. First they inhabited the plains, then the hills. W 1946 year a new wave of these birds was recorded in new areas. W 1947 This year, German ornithologists discovered the first nesting pairs. A year later, Danish specialists also noticed sickle worms. W 1949 year, this bird settled in Sweden, a w 1950 years in the Netherlands. Finally in 1952 a year, several couples reached the British Isles. Nowadays, common in most of Europe, the Augusta begins to conquer Spain and northern Europe.

Unlike other pigeons, the sickle bird is a species that coexists with humans. Not timid, nests near human settlements in gardens, parks, in squares and cemeteries, and even in backyards in the middle of the city. It nests in trees from March to October. During this period, it abolishes 2–4 times 2 eggs each time. The collared bird is a sedentary bird, hence it is well known to city dwellers as half-wild city pigeons.

The whole body of the colt (1) it is covered with light chestnut plumage. He has a collar around his neck, the ends of the ailerons - black. Tail, clearly visible in flight, it is quite long, black underneath in the rump area, edged with a white stripe (2). Turkey (Streptopelia turtur) (3) it is slightly smaller than the colt. It is a migratory bird. It nests almost all over Europe with the exception of Scandinavia and the British Isles, choosing especially cultivated plains. It differs from the colt with a brown-red back and black and white stripes on the sides of the throat. In flight, its tail is fan-shaped and has a white tip (4). The turtle dove nests in the branches of trees and shrubs. It is carried once a year. It is under year-round protection, while the collared ones can be hunted. In Poland, the species is protected.