Rock Pigeon

Kingdom: Animalia     Phylum: Chordata     Class: Aves (Birds)     Order: Columbiformes     Family: Columbidae

Blue Rock Pigeon
Blue Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) - photo © Rajiv Lather

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), also called Rock Dove or Feral Pigeon, is a widespread and very common resident in India.

Size: 32-34 cm   Wingspan: 66-70 cm   Weight: 270-350 gm

Identification: The Rock Pigeon has grayish head, iridescent green and purple on neck and throat, light gray back and belly, pale gray wings with two dark wing bars, dark gray primaries, white rump patch, and medium squared light gray tail with black terminal band. Bill is dark gray and legs pink.

Food: Mostly seeds and grains. Some insects.

Charles Darwin on domestication of Rock Pigeon and its domestic varieties

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