Band-tailed Pigeon

Columba
fsaciata

Band-tailed Pigeon
Photo: Alden M. Johnson © California Academy of Sciences

The larger species are usually pigeons, smaller ones called doves. These short-necked, short-legged birds have grayish or brownish plumage. All are strong, fast fliers that feed chiefly on grains and other seeds, fruits. Their cooing calls are very distinctive.

Description:
A stout bird, slightly larger than a quail. Purplish-gray head and breast; nape of neck mottled greenish-yellow with a narrow white band separating it from the head. The broad tail has a gray band across the bottom. Length 14 ½” – 15 ½ “
Voice:
A low whoo-whoo or coo-coo
Food:
Grains, seeds, fruit and nuts; favorite is acorns
Nest:
Habitat:
Low elevation coniferous forest of the northwest; oak and oak-conifer forest in the southwest. Frequents water holes and salt licks.
Range:
California to Washington; eastern AZ and western NM
Migration:
Comments:
Usually seen in groups.

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