Pigeons & Doves

Band-tailed Pigeon

A band-tailed pigeon sits on the edge of an empty birdbath.

What Does a Band-tailed Pigeon Look Like? Band-tailed pigeons are a large pigeon with a purple-gray head and gray body. A white crescent or collar on the nape on adults is distinctive among pigeons. The top half of the tail is a dark gray, while the bottom half is pale gray. Band-tailed pigeons have red… Read more

Inca Dove

An Inca dove sits on the ground.

What Does an Inca Dove Look Like? The Inca dove is a small, slender dove with an overall grayish-tan plumage. Its underparts, throat, and face are often a shade lighter than its upperparts. Its feathers are edged with brown all over its body, giving it a unique, scaly appearance. It has a long, squared-off tail… Read more

Common Ground-Dove

Common Ground-dove

Look For The common ground-dove is the smallest of our commonly encountered dove species with a length of only 6 ½ inches. It has a sandy-tan back, wings speckled with black, and a paler breast, head, and neck—scaled with white. The ground-dove’s plumage is ideal for camouflage. When disturbed or scared, the ground-dove will burst… Read more

White-winged Dove

White-winged Dove (Photo: Dick Daniels/Wikimedia)

Look For Similar in size to a mourning dove, white-winged doves are distinguished by their short, squared tail; distinct white patch on the wing; and bright orange-red eyes accented by a distinct blue orbital ring. White-winged doves’ namesake wing patch is unmistakable in flight, and contrasts against dark outer wing feathers. When perched, the white-winged’s… Read more

Rock Pigeon

Rock Pigeon (Photo: Alan D. Wilson/Wikimedia)

Also known as feral pigeon, rock dove, and city dove, the rock pigeon is at home in urban environments and around farmyards where livestock is kept. Introduced from Europe, it has spread across the continent. Large, blocky, and swift on the wing, rock pigeons are most often seen wheeling in flocks above buildings and picking… Read more

Mourning Dove

A mourning dove stands on a concrete slab.

What Does a Mourning Dove Look Like? Mourning doves travel in flocks, breaking rank only to nest and raise young. Males defend their mates as a kind of mobile territory, defending her and the immediate nest site—but not much else—from other birds. The slender brown shape of the mourning dove, with its long tapered tail… Read more

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Eurasian Collared-Doves (Photo: Horia Varlan/Wikimedia)

Introduced to the Bahamas from Europe in the 1970s, the Eurasian collared-dove is quickly finding its niche in North America, spreading rapidly north and west. It can now be seen nearly throughout the United States, and is becoming increasingly common. Compared to mourning doves, Eurasian collared-doves are larger and much paler. Collared-doves get their name… Read more

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