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Rock Dove
Collumba livia

Doves
Dove Family (Columbidae)

Size: Length: 31-33 cm

Description: Common in cities, the rock dove is less commonly seen in the mountains. It is usually associated with man, preferring built-up areas. The head is iridescent, varying between blue-gray, red, and green. The back, wings and tail are gray. The wings have two black bands running through the tip of the coverts and the speculum. The rump is white. The beak is typically pigeon like, short and black with a white growth near the base. Rock doves eat grain, seeds and insects which they find by pecking the ground. The nest is often on ledges or in buildings. It is a small cup of twigs and straws. Highly bred domestically, the rock dove greatly varies in appearance and colouration.

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