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Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
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Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Rock Pigeons in typical habitat

General Description: Rock Pigeons (Columba livia) are medium sized, plump birds with exceedingly variable plumage ranging from white to black, and often with iridescent colors. Head and neck usually darker than back, rump usually white, usually a dark terminal tail band.

Taxonomy: Columbiformes, Columbidae. Formerly Rock Dove.

Favored Habitat: Urban areas, fast food parking lots, urban parks.

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Rock Pigeon on my roof

Where to Find: Shopping center parking lots, parks, urban neighborhoods.

Comments: Introduced from Europe, Rock Pigeons are an urban scourge (very messy with large amounts of large droppings) often referred to as "flying rats," but they make excellent food for endangered Peregrine Falcons, so we can't dislike them too much, plus they really are pretty birds.

If you have trouble with unwelcome guests around your home, consider contacting Fischer's Pest Control for help getting rid of them.

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
One of many color variations
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Bathing in a parking lot puddle
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Rock Pigeon male (left) courting female (right)
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Rock Pigeon male (left) courting female (right)
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Rock Pigeon male (left) courting female (right)
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Rock Pigeon male courting female; she isn't very interested
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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