Avifauna of Southern Africa - Doves & Pigeons

Avifauna of Southern Africa - Doves & Pigeons - Southern Africa : Group all Doves & Pigeons (Family: Columbidae) of Southern Africa together to facilitate identification. Pigeons and doves constitute the bird family Columbidae that includes about 310 species. Pigeons are stout-bodied birds with short necks, and sh

Group all Doves & Pigeons (Family: Columbidae) of Southern Africa together to facilitate identification.

Pigeons and doves constitute the bird family Columbidae that includes about 310 species.

Pigeons are stout-bodied birds with short necks, and short, slender bills with fleshy ceres. They feed on seeds, fruits, and plants. This family occurs worldwide, but the greatest variety is in the Indomalaya and Australasia ecozones.

In general, the terms "dove" and "pigeon" are used somewhat interchangeably. Pigeon is a French word that derives from the Latin pipio, for a "peeping" chick, while dove is a Germanic word that refers to the bird's diving flight. In ornithological practice, "dove" tends 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. The species most commonly referred to as "pigeon" is the feral rock pigeon, common in many cities.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbidae

17 Sep 2015
Shaun Swanepoel