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Rock (Feral) Pigeon

Columba livia

Rock (Feral) Pigeon
copyright Barb Winterfield
Length: 13 in. (32 cm)
This non-native species was introduced to North America 100s of years ago. It is only found around human habitation as it apparently cannot find food or shelter elsewhere. It is a prolific breeder with four to five broods a year. The flat nest of stems and leaves is placed on a ledge, under eaves or bridges. It occurs together in often large flocks, and in some cities is the staple diet of Peregrine Falcons. Its natural color is grayish, but a wide variety of colors from white to black can be seen. The four-digit banding code is ROPI.
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Male
copyright Barb Winterfield

Urban city
Urban city

Agricultural
Agricultural

Cliffs / boulders
Cliffs / boulders

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