Animal Species:Feral Pigeon

The Rock Dove is is native to Europe, Africa and Asia, where it prefers open agricultural areas. Feral populations are closely associated with human settlement in many countries throughout the world. In Australia, the Rock Dove has not ventured far from human settlement, being found in large numbers in capital cities and larger towns, with the exception of Darwin.

Feral Pigeon or Rock Dove

Donald Trounson © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Feral Pigeon

Alternative Name/s

Rock Dove

Size range

36 cm

Distribution

All larger towns and cities of Australia, except Darwin

Habitat

Urban.

Feeding and Diet

Although it is mainly a seed-eater, the Rock Dove will sample most scraps. In city streets and parks, birds are seen pecking at the ground in a never-ending search for food.

Mating and reproduction

The Rock Dove breeds at any time of the year, but peak times are spring and summer (July to February). Nesting sites are situated along coastal cliff faces, as well as the artificial cliff faces created by apartment buildings with accessible ledges or roof spaces. Rock Doves nest in large colonies which quickly deface buildings with their droppings.

Classification

Species:
livia
Genus:
Columba
Family:
Columbidae
Order:
Columbiformes
Class:
Aves
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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