Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon) (Introduced) - Columba livia

Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon) (Introduced)

Columba livia

Family: Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves, 25 species in Australia)
Size: 33 cm
Distribution: Much of the settled parts of Australia, not found in the western central regions
Status: Abundant
Habitat: Mainly urban areas, parks, city buildings, crop margins along roads, railways, coastal cliffs
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

The Rock Dove (otherwise known as the Feral Pigeon) is a very common bird, known to pretty much everyone.

Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon) (Introduced) - Columba livia
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2746 x 1855)

Some Birdwatching Resources


Sydney Birds and Where to Find Them, Peter Roberts. Sydney Birds and Where to Find Them, Peter Roberts. The 30 top bird-watching localities in and around Sydney. These birding hot spots stretch from Tuggerah Lakes on the Central Coast to Lake Illawarra near Wollongong and from the Blue Mountains in the west to some surprisingly accessible sites tucked away in the heart of the city. Each locality entry lists the key species to look out for including rare and seasonal visitors. It describes how to access the location, and what amenities to expect; maps are featured. There is also a handy list of Sydney birds, each entry providing information on the best spots to find it.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

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Birdsong, Don Stap Birdsong, Don Stap. From the promotional material: "Following one of the world's experts on birdsong from the woods of Martha's Vineyard to the tropical forests of Central America, Don Stap brings to life the quest to unravel an ancient mystery: Why do birds sing and what do their songs mean? We quickly discover that one question leads to another. Why does the chestnut-sided warbler sing one song before dawn and another after sunrise? Why does the brown thrasher have a repertoire of two thousand songs when the chipping sparrow has only one? And how is the hermit thrush able to sing a duet with itself, producing two sounds simultaneously to create its beautiful, flutelike melody?"

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Click here to purchase from Wilderness Awareness School $24.00 USD (May not work)

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Australian Bird Field Guides

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