rock dove (Columba livia)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 11 inches
The familiar "pigeon" of cities and parks
Adult similar to juvenile
Large, chunky dove
Medium length tail is squared off at tip
Highly variable plumage (some can be entirely chestnut, white, black or anything in between)
Typical color morph:
Dark gray head, neck and upper breast
Green and purple iridescence on hindneck
Pale gray back, wings and belly
Two dark bars on wings (formed from dark tips to secondaries and greater secondary coverts)
Dark gray primaries
Pale gray tail with black terminal band
Other pigeons are wholly dark with different head patterns. All other
species lack double dark bar on wing and have darker wings and backs.
Migration Status: Permanent resident
Breeding Habitat: Urban
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 1-2
Length of Incubation: 16-19 days
Days to Fledge: 25-26
Number of Broods: 4-5
Diet: Mostly seeds; lesser quantities of green plant matter, insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November C
Winter: December, January, February C
Calendar of Events
Sky Meadows Park
Crooked Run Valley