Pigeons and Doves
Throughout the Year
Rock Pigeon Facts
Ubiquitous in cities around the world, rock pigeons (or just plain “pigeons”) are urban-dwellers par excellence. Thought to originate in Southern Asia as cliff-dwelling birds, pigeons are remarkably adaptive to crowded city conditions. They make their nests on skyscrapers, apartment ledges, and bridges and feed on discarded human food.
There are five main variations for adult rock pigeon appearance: dark; brown; pied; natural; and checkered. Natural adults are perhaps the most familiar: blueish-gray over all, males and females both have two black bars on their wings, greenish iridescent feathers at their necks, red-rimmed eyes, and pink legs.
City birds for the most part, rock pigeons can also be found on farms. Sometimes seen on cliffs.
Rock pigeons flock together, startling into flight in large groups and crowding city sidewalks. Ground feeders, rock pigeons are often found foraging for crumbs.
Seeds, discarded human food.
The song of the rock pigeon is a typical dove’s coo. When threatened, the birds make series of whiny grunts.
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