Columba palumbus

Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)

The Woodpigeon is a large bird with grey back plumage, a pinkish breast, and a bold white patch on each side of the neck. Dark band on tail feathers, and white bands on front edge of wings. The juvenile has no  white patches on its  neck, and is somewhat duller in colour.

Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)

It feeds on buds, leaves, berries, and fruit. Comes to bird tables. The nest is made from twigs in a tree or a bush. The female lays 2 eggs in 1 or 2 broods from April to September. It can live for up to 10 years.

Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)

Seen all year round. Found in a variety of woodland, also farmland, parks and gardens. The UK’s largest and commonest pigeon, and is widespread throughout.

Photograph of Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus), taken June and July 2015, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2015. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

7 thoughts on “Woodpigeon

  1. After years of losing rows of allotment veg seedlings to marauding wood pigeons, I can’t help but see malign intent in that pigeon’s expression!

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    1. Yes, I agree they can be a pest at times. I live near woods and farmland, and we used to get too many visiting the bird table which put the smaller birds off. So I ditched the bird table and settled on the feeder for the smaller birds which did the trick. Apart from one who still visits.

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