Before we start talking about the different kinds of pigeons found in the UK, it’s worth mentioning that there is no official division between doves and pigeons. They both have tiny, slim bills, round heads, curvy bodies with soft and very dense feathers, thin and short legs, tapered wings and crooning/cooing calls.
Interestingly, the wild rock dove, which is commonly found in the wilderness, was once a domesticated dove just like town pigeons. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most popular types of pigeons in the UK.
Stock dove – often compared to rock doves and feral pigeons due to their size and plumage, stock doves are easily recognizable. They have mostly blue and grey bodies and a unique bottle green band located on the back of their necks. When they are flying people can notice the black edges located on their wings. They can be found all over the UK except in some areas of Ireland and northern Scotland.
Rock dove – as previously mentioned, they were once domesticated birds for food. Rock doves have a wide range of shades, but darker colours usually dominate their feathers. They are known as persistent pests in urban areas once their number grows.
Collared dove – these doves have pale pink and brown colours and a unique black collar on their neck. They also have slightly red feet and distinctive red eyes. They usually live alone, but it is not unusual to see them gathered in larger numbers.
Turtle dove – The turtle dove has a unique size. It is smaller and also a little bit darker compared to the collared dove, but it is a little bit larger compared to blackbirds. The black and chestnut colour and pattern found on the wings makes them easily recognizable. In recent times, the number of turtle doves has dropped.
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