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stock dove

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n.
A widespread Eurasian dove (Columba oenas) having grayish plumage.

[Probably from its living in hollow tree trunks.]

stock dove

n
(Animals) a European dove, Columba oenas, smaller than the wood pigeon and having a uniformly grey plumage
[C14: so called because it lives in tree trunks. See stock]
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Corn buntings, grey partridge, turtle doves and tree sparrows have all suffered declines of more than 90% since 1970, though others such as stock doves and goldfinches saw populations double.
The box that the barn owls call home was put up in 2006, but since then only stock doves have used it to breed.
Barn owl nestboxes in particular seem to attract other tenants, with reports of the owls sharing with species including jackdaws, kestrels and stock doves.
Barn owl nest boxes seem to attract the most unusual tenants, with reports of the generous bird of prey sharing their nest boxes with birds like jackdaws, kestrels and stock doves.
report shows the numbers of stock doves and jackdaws have also increased.