Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Pigeons and doves constitute the bird family Columbidae within the order Columbiformes, which include some 300 species of near pass-erines In general terms "dove" and "pigeon" are used somewhat interchangeably. In ornithological practice, there is a tendency for "dove" to be used for smaller species and "pigeon" for larger ones, but this is in no way consistently applied, and historically the common names for these birds involve a great deal of variation between the terms "dove" and "pigeon." This family occurs worldwide, but the greatest variety is in the In-do-Malaya and Australia ecozones. Young doves and pigeons are called "squabs."

Pigeon Breed Facts

1. Victoria crowned pigeon
     The Victoria Crowned PigeonGoura victoria, is a large, bluish-grey pigeon with elegant blue lace-like crests, maroon breast and red iris The bird may be easily recognized by the unique white tips on its crests. Both sexes are similar. It is on average 74 cm (29 in) long and weighs 2,384 grams (5.3 lbs). It is marginally larger than the other crowned pigeons on average and likely the largest species of pigeon of earth.

2.Rock Pigeon
   The Rock Dove (Columba livia), formerly Rock Pigeon, is a member of the bird family Columbidae (doves and pigeons). In common usage, this bird is often simply referred to as the "pigeon". The species includes the domestic pigeon, and escaped domestic pigeons have given rise to feral populations around the world.Wild Rock Doves are pale grey with two black bars on each wing, although domestic and feral pigeons are very variable in color and pattern. There are few visible differences between males and females. The species is generally monogamous, with two squeakers (young) per brood Both parents care for the young for a time.The Rock Dove has a restricted natural resident range in western and southern Europe,North Africa and into South Asia The Rock Dove is often found in pairs in the breeding season but is usually gregarious.

3.The Pied Imperial-pigeonDucula bicolor, is a relatively large, pied species of pigeon. It is found in forest, woodland, mangrove, plantations and scrub in Southeast Asia, ranging from Myanmar and Thailand south to Java and east to the Philippines and the Bird's Head Peninsula in New Guinea. It is mainly found on small islands and in coastal regions It remains locally common, and is therefore considered to be of least concern by bird life international.

4. Nicobar Pigeon
     The Nicobar PigeonCaloenas nicobarica, is a pigeon found on small islands and in coastal regions from the Nicobar islands, east through the Malay Archipelago, to the Solomons and Palau. It is the only living member of the genus Caloenas.Females are slightly smaller than males; they have a smaller bill knob, shorter hackles and browner underparts. Immature birds have a black tail and lack almost all iridescence. There is hardly any variation across the birds' wide range. Even the Palau subspecies C. n. pelewensis has merely shorter neck hackles, but is otherwise almost identical.it is giving a low pitched call.

This is a picture of a fantail pig

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