Pigeons and Doves

Pigeons and Doves, some of the most widespread birds, belong to the Columbidae family. The smaller members of this family are usually called doves.  There are also two tail types in this family, those with fan tails and those with pointed tails. Pigeons and Doves are fast flyers and have noisy take-offs.  Their heads bob backwards and forwards when they walk.   They are gregarious birds and are often found feeding in flocks on seeds and plants.  They drink by sucking up water without having to tip their heads back to swallow.  They are known for building flimsy nests and for feeding their young with “Pigeon’s Milk” which is produced in their crops.  Their voices are low and cooing.

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