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Band-tailed Pigeon

Patagioenas fasciata

Band-tailed Pigeon
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 15 in. (37 cm)
With a range from Alaska to the Andes of South America, this is one of the most wide spread pigeons in the Western Hemisphere. In North America it is associated with conifers and oak woodlands, where it feeds on acorns and other seeds. The Band-tailed Pigeon is usually seen in small flocks. Its crude nest of open twigs is placed in the fork of a high branch or near the trunk of a tall tree, usually high in the canopy. Timing and area of nesting is often determined by density of acorn and pinecone production. Like most pigeons and doves, adults of both sexes feed their young "pigeons milk," a nutritious secretion from the lining of the digestive tract. The four-digit banding code is BTPI.

Fir forest
Fir forest

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

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