- ORDER: Columbiformes
- FAMILY: Columbidae
Common Wood-Pigeon is a burly pigeon with a low, growling song to match. Adorned mostly in subtle shades of lilac and gray, adults also have flashy white (or tan) neck patches trimmed with green iridescence. In flight, all ages are instantly recognizable by their broad white bands in the wing. Common Wood-Pigeons have been very successful in modern-day Europe, nesting in woodlots or city parks and foraging in fields and other open spaces. Millions of these pigeons pass through the Pyrenees and other migratory bottlenecks, and during the winter, they often form huge roosting flocks.More ID Info
- Paloma Torcaz (Spanish)
- Pigeon ramier (French)
- Cool Facts
- Some Common Wood-Pigeons live dangerously, choosing to nest close to Eurasian Hobby nests. These pigeons run a small chance of being eaten by their raptor neighbors, but the benefits— gaining a measure of safety from the falcons' aggressive defense against intruders—seem to outweigh the risks.
- Common Wood-Pigeons build simple stick nests that can look flimsy—sometimes it’s even possible to look up through a nest and see the eggs inside. But these nests prove sturdy, with some used for up to four broods in a single year, and others used in successive years.
- Pigeons and doves feed their young chicks a nutritious substance called crop milk, made by both parents from cells lining their crop (lower esophagus). Crop milk is not related to actual milk, but it’s the main food for nestlings up to a week old, after which the adults gradually feed the chicks more solid food.