The warm, subtropical climate of central Florida provides ideal conditions for Eurasian collared doves year-round. Average temperatures range from the 60s°F (15-20°C) in north Florida to the 70s°F (21-26°C) in south Florida, only dropping below freezing a few days per year. Annual rainfall ranges from 40-65 inches (1000-1600 mm).
These temperate conditions allow near constant breeding. Food sources like agricultural crops, bird seed, spilled grain from livestock feed lots, and landscaping plants provide abundant nutrients. Eurasian collared doves additionally tolerate urban areas and will nest on human structures when tree cavities are unavailable.
The high reproduction, rapid maturation, sedentary nature, and generalist diet of Eurasian collared doves facilitates their proliferation across central Florida’s favorable climate and habitats. Their populations will likely continue expanding given the region’s ample resources.