Thursday, 18 December 2014

Feral Pigeon.


The Feral Pigeon (Columba livia domestica) originates from the wild Rock Dove and is a widespread resident of our towns, cities and parks.

Due to the high density populations in urban areas they are often considered a nuisance but possibly no worse than a large flock of Canada Geese or the very noisy Ring-necked Parakeets!

Feral Pigeons can be found on every continent except Antarctica and their plumage has a multitude of different colours, including metallic greens, bronzes and purples on the neck, as well as exquisite wing patterns but the 'Blue-bar' version is almost identical to the 'pure' ancestral Rock Dove.  FAB.

Linking to Saturday's Critters

14 comments:

  1. they are beautiful. great images Frank.

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  2. I know that they are a nuisance and cause a lot of mess in some places Frank and are normally not given a second glance but, like you say, some of their markings and colours are just stunning.
    It's always worth taking a longer look!...[;o)

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  3. I think they have beautiful colors, great shots and post. Thank you for sharing your post and linking up! Have a happy weekend!

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  4. Some birders wouldn't give these birds the time of day but really they are all so different in their markings and coloring, Have a lovely weekend

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  5. Beautiful portraits of the pigeons. We have them everywhere, but I rarely take photos of them.

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  6. They don't get much love...except from people on benches in the park!
    ~

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  7. I wonder how many 'full blood' Rock Doves still exist?

    Hope you have a good Christmas.

    cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  8. Beautiful photos; I love the coloration! Have a great Christmas.

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