"Rock Dove"
(Columba livia)







Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Rock Dove "mating display"
Photograph by

Snow W. Frost








Rock Dove is also known as Domestic Pigeon. Due to breeding by humans, colors can range from all white to all black, with just about anything in between. It is most common around cities and barnyards. It is one of the few birds that can drink without tilting its head back.


Size: 13"

Male: No set color pattern. Gray to white, patches of iridescent greens and lbues, usually with a light rump patch.

Female: Same as male.

Nest: Platform; female builds; 3-4 broods a year. Saucerlike nest of roots, stems, and leaves placed on building ledge, rafters, beams under bridge, or inside barn.

Eggs: 1-2; white, unmarked.

Incubation: 18-20 days; female and male incubate.

Fledging: 25-26 days; female and male feed young.

Migration: Non-migrator

Food: Seeds.

In Flight: Squared tail with dark band at tip; white rump.

Voice: At nest site, call by male or feamle is "k't'coo"; during courtship display male gives "oorook'tookoo".

Display: Pigeons have many courship displays. Breeding birds do wing-clapping flight, in which they clap wings as they take flight, then glide with wings held in a V. In bowing display, male spreads tail and fluffs neck feathers white bowing and circling in front of female; between bows male runs for short distance, dragging tail on ground.

Habitat: Cities, parks, bridges, steep cliffs.





My personal notes...

There are several Rock Doves that visit the nearby lake, but my favorite is the all-white one that I've named Serenity. Very quiet birds.









"Bird Wonderland"

"Wonderland"


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