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Pigeons and Doves

This episode is all about birds in the family Columbidae. They're more exotic and interesting than many of us give them credit for.

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32
Date:
July 30, 2021
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Pigeons and Doves

Summary

This episode is all about birds in the family Columbidae. These are all the world’s many species of pigeons and doves.

These birds are more exotic and interesting than many of us give them credit for. This is a widespread, diverse group that has been around for many millions of years. Pigeons and doves occupy many habitats across the planet, and they’ve colonized countless remote islands. Many of them are as richly colorful as parrots or songbirds.

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Photos of Some Species Mentioned

Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Goura victoria). Photo by PetrDolejsek/Adobe.
New Zealand Pigeon or Kererū (Hemiphaga novaseelandiae). Photo by Ivan Phillipsen.
Common Wood-Pigeon (Columba palumbus). Photo by Sergey Ryzhkov/Adobe.
Wompoo Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus). Photo by Beth Baisch/Adobe.
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia). Public domain photo.
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura). Photo by donyanedomam/Adobe.
Orange Dove (Ptilinopus victor), Ivan's "Nememsis Bird." Photo by AGAMI/Adobe.

Attributions

  • Rock Pigeon sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC615956)
  • Mourning Dove sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC638304)
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC459847)
  • Ruddy Pigeon sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC354187)
  • Mourning Dove wing sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC153648)
  • Whistling Fruit-Dove sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC109155)
  • Negros Bleeding Heart sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC403697)

This work by Ivan Phillipsen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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