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Domestic Pigeon

Columba livia domestica

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Columba livia domestica
Class: Bird
Weight: 9 to 13 ounces
Life span: Up to 15 years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of offspring: 1 to 2 eggs at a time

About

I LIVE IN EUROPE AND ASIA

Pigeons are not native to one single region. They were first found in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia before being introduced to other countries around the world.


I AM AN HERBIVORE

Pigeons will consume a range of various seeds and grains. They will sometimes eat small berries and insects as well.


PIGEONS ARE SOCIAL

Pigeons are very social animals and often live in large flocks of up to one thousand individuals. Pigeons are monogamous and often split parental duties.


ROCK AND ROLL

Some pigeons have specially adapted feathers covering their feet. These pigeons, called Russian tumbler pigeons, have the ability to tumble or roll backwards when feeling threatened.

Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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