Debatable Dove

Debatable Dove

Observation - Debatable Dove - UK and Ireland. Description: Having witnessed a fascinating exchange over Rock Dove Euston, yesterday I came up with a confusing one of my own. This looks to me exactly like a pristine Rock Dove (Columba livia)

Having witnessed a fascinating exchange over Rock Dove Euston, yesterday I came up with a confusing one of my own.

This looks to me exactly like a pristine Rock Dove (Columba livia) as illustrated in my 2001 edition of Collins Bird Guide. My difficulty is that it's strutting its stuff in the middle of the country, Bedfordshire to be precise, which is not, according to the same guide, within the Rock Dove's range. Nor is it its classic habitat. (This is actually in an old tarmac plant used to construct the M1 - industrial wasteland but I can't say that in iSpot).

Feral pigeon seems to be another annoying critter with the same binomial name but this doesn't look very feral to me, though I suppose it could be a cross with the Rock Dove's genes winning hands down. Instead, it looks rather neat and textbook ... except for being in the wrong place.

Let battle commence!