Pigeons and Doves
Pale brown with narrow black neck ring, big white patches in outer tail feathers. (Darker than the domesticated Ringed-Turtle-Dove.)
Broadly distributed in Eurasia. U.S. populations, originating in southern Florid, are rapidly expanding to the north and west.
Suburbs, farmland, wood edges, open country. Very adaptable.
Forages mostly while walking on the ground. When not breeding, usually forages in flocks. Sometimes flutters among branches of trees or shrubs to take berries.
Mostly seeds, some berries and insects. Diet in North America not yet well known. In Europe, feeds on waste grain of many cultivated crops, also seeds of many plants; eats some berries and small insects, rarely snails. Also eats bread crumbs and other foods provided by humans.
Male displays by flying up at steep angle with wingbeats, then gliding down in spiral with wings and tail fully spread, giving harsh call during glide. Also attracts female by calling and by ritualized bowing display.
2 sometimes 1. White. Incubation is by both parents, 14-18 days. Young: Both parents feed young “pigeon milk.” Young leave nest at about 15-20 days, are tended by parents about another week.
- See Audoborn