Rock Pigeon

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Rock Pigeon

Ubiquitous, city-dwelling dove.  Introduced in the early 1600s; now common throughout the Americas up to southern Canada.  Substantial, plump-bodied, and typically gray with black wing bands (brown and white variations common); broad, pointed wings.  Prefer cities and farmland, and occasionally rocky cliffs; inextricably connected with humans, having been domesticated in Mesopotamia thousands of years ago.  Ground-feeder, largely on seeds, fruit and litter; some invertebrates; drinks through bill like a straw.  Builds and reuses flimsy nest in nooks or ledges, which builds up into sturdy mound over time.  Lifespan up to 5 years in the wild and 15 years in captivity.  Population ~ 12 million and stable.  

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January 24, 2015