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|Rock Dove sits on the tiled roof. |
Columba livia. Columbidae
Typically 33 cm long, found on rocky slopes, coastal cliffs and adjacent fields.
Pigeons and doves constitute the family Columbidae within the order Columbiformes, which include some 300 species of near passerine birds. In general parlance the terms "dove" and "pigeon" are used somewhat interchangeably. In ornithological practice, there is a tendency for "dove" to be used for smaller species and "pigeon" for larger ones, but this is in no way consistently applied, and historically the common names for these birds involve a great deal of variation between the term "dove" and "pigeon." This family occurs worldwide, but the greatest variety is in the Indomalaya and Australasia ecozones. The young doves and pigeons are called "squabs."
Pigeons and doves are stout-bodied birds with short necks and short slender bills with a fleshy cere. The species commonly referred to just as the "pigeon" is the feral Rock Pigeon, common in many cities.
Their usually flimsy nests are made of sticks, and the two white eggs are incubated by both sexes. Doves feed on seeds, fruit and plants. Unlike most other birds (but see flamingo), the doves and pigeons produce "crop milk," which is secreted by a sloughing of fluid-filled cells from the lining of the crop. Both sexes produce this highly nutritious substance to feed to the young.
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Hello Murray! Wonderful picture. Good sharp, very good light. Nice effect. Good luck!
Nice composition with this little fellow!
I can see you're enjoying summer now while we're well below 0C over here.....
Those pigeons seem to be universal, this one looks just like the ones I see in the streets here!
The way you took the Rock dove is showing the details of the feathers and of its colors. Is it a member of the same family as of the pigeon ? Thanks for sharing.