529 Rock Pigeon



The Rock Pigeons (Columba livia), also known as doves or pigeons, include domestic pigeons and fancy pigeons. An adult pigeon measures 29 to 37 cm in length and weighs 238 to 380 grams. Its head, neck, and chest are dark bluish-gray having shiny opalescence of greenish, yellowish, and reddish-purple. It has two black bars on each wing, a broad black band on tail end, and pink feet. The pigeons are old world birds residing in South Asia, North Africa, and western and southern Europe. In the early 17th century, they were introduced into North America by the colonists. Later, they spread to parts of South America and Australia.