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______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Birds 194 Stock Doves

 

 

 

 

STOCK DOVE Columba oenas

 

 

STOCK DOVE Columba oenas

 

 

STOCK DOVE Columba oenas

 

 

STOCK DOVE Columba oenas

 

 

STOCK DOVE Columba oenas

 

 

STOCK DOVE Columba oenas

 

         In comparison with other pigeons the Stock Dove Columba oenas lives a rather low-key existence, nesting in tree-hollows and spending much of its time hidden in the tree tops. It is therefore most likely to be seen in flight so the last couple of photographs of one bathing were rather useful as they illustrate another aspect of their behaviour. The dark eyes and lack of any white markings should enable separation from the larger Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus although some Feral Pigeons Columba livia (the domesticated form of the Rock Dove) may cause confusion unless a clear view can be obtained. The colours of the beautiful reflective neck feathers will alter depending on the angle of incident light. Probably most accurately described as green with a hint of purple.

 

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