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Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)

Tuesday 24th October 2017

Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)

Often spotted in groups flying overhead, this is the UKs largest and most common pigeon with over five million individuals in the British Isles. Though mostly grey, it can be distinguished from the feral pigeon (or rock dove) by its white wing patches when overhead and white marks on its neck when perched. You can often hear their cooing when in parks and in towns and cities they are relatively tame. Unfortunately they are considered a pest in the countryside as they will eat leafy greens such as cabbages, oilseed rape and seeds such as grain which make up much of arable farmers crops.

Sketch by Tony Bishop

Fun fact: Pigeons feathers weigh more than its skeleton due to skeletal pneumaticity, many of the pigeons’ bones are hollow.

Article by Tom Cowley

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