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Birds by name
Conservation status: Green
The UK's largest and commonest pigeon, it is largely grey with a white neck patch and white wing patches, clearly visible in flight. Although shy in the countryside it can be tame and approachable in towns and cities. Its cooing call is a familiar sound in woodlands as is the loud clatter of its wings when it flies away.
Pigeons and doves (Columbidae)
Found across the UK in fields and woods, and also in towns and cities where they frequent parks and gardens.
All year round
Crops like cabbages, sprouts, peas and grain. Also buds, shoots, seeds, nuts and berries.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Please note that the map is only intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
Jelmer Poelstra, Xeno-canto
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