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    Rock Pigeon Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Larger and plumper than a Mourning Dove, Rock Pigeons are tubby birds with small heads and short legs. Their wings are broad but pointed wings and the tail is wide and rounded.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Mourning Dove; smaller than a crow.

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      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 11.8-14.2 in (30-36 cm)
        • Weight: 9.3-13.4 oz (265-380 g)
        • Wingspan: 19.7-26.4 in (50-67 cm)

    Regional Differences

    Rock Pigeons with red plumage may be more common in the southwestern United States than in northern and eastern areas.