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Stock dove

Observed: 13th March 2010 By: miked
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifkViNSDiV0
video of stock dove with collared dove for comparison

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sirhandle's picture

Is a stock dove the proper

Is a stock dove the proper name for what most of us would call a pigeon in the city? I can't see a difference between the stock dove in your video and what I would call a feral pigeon.

Just go out there and do it!!!

j.tweedie's picture

No, Feral Pigeons are derived

No, Feral Pigeons are derived from Rock Pigeons/Doves that are found at the coast. I've not actually seen a Stock Dove for real, although I've been told there are some in a park nearby.

miked's picture

I used to see a group of

I used to see a group of stock doves in a local park here in MK, always saw them in same place feeding in an area of relatively long grass nowhere near people. The do look a little different to feral pigeons, a bit more dark greyish and just somehow different I can't really explain this 'jizz' behaving and appearing not quite the same as the normal run of the mill city pigeons.

j.tweedie's picture

One thing I noticed from the

One thing I noticed from the video was how quickly it was eating the seeds, whereas Feral Pigeons seem to have a much more relaxed way of feeding. Perhaps the difference stems from Stock Doves not being around people as much and so being more nervous?

miked's picture

Also from the fact that there

Also from the fact that there were about 8 collared doves and another stock dove in the tree about a metre away all waiting to land and eat!

sirhandle's picture

Blimey so much to learn!!!

Blimey so much to learn!!! You think you have something nailed like a pigeon, and then you find there are differences even with these! Makes you think about what you might be looking at. (My wife already thinks I'm nuts, if I start looking too closely at pigeons she'll think I've lost it altogether.)

Just go out there and do it!!!

bobthebirder's picture

doves and pigeons

The ones you see in parks and towns are all likely to be feral pigeons, the same type of bird that pigeon fanciers keep. Collared Doves will often be in similar places but are quite distinct. Same goes for the wood pigeon, which is the largest species by far. It is quite unusual to see stock doves in a garden; you normally have to look for them feeding in fields. The only others in the family are the wild rock doves of western Scotland and the turtle doves which are now very scarce and hardly ever visit towns or gardens.

Bob Ford

sirhandle's picture

Thanks for that. I'm good for

Thanks for that. I'm good for collared doves and wood pigeons (as you say quite distinctive) but I would have sworn that the bird on the feeding table in that video was a feral pigeon. Now I know better, which I suppose is the point of this website!

Just go out there and do it!!!