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Rock Pigeon

Rock Pigeon


Species group:
 Exotic Doves and Pigeons

Other name(s): Feral Pigeon;
Rock Dove; Blue Rock Dove; Zuchttaube

Scientific name: Columba livia

Appearance

Details: The familiar street pigeon, the Rock Pigeon, is the ancestor to all of the hundreds of varieties of domestic fancy pigeons available today, and you will find an exhaustive discussion of many wonderful pet, hobby, and exhibition varieties in the Domestic (Fancy) Pigeons category. Here, we'll talk about the wild bird. For most people, it makes no sense to seek out a pet of this species in the original wild form, when there are so many fine domesticated varieties already developed throughout hundreds, if not thousands, of years of human selective breeding. We'll assume that if you do have a wild Rock Pigeon, it's almost certainly because you have a rescue or rehabilitated bird.

Do not take baby Rock Pigeons from the wild with a plan to train them as pets. This tough species may carry diseases that could be contagious to your family or your other pets, and taking any animal from the wild without the proper permits is illegal in most areas. If you have found a sick or injured Rock Pigeon, check with a local wildlife official or rehabber about what you should do next. Unfortunately, as a non-native feral species, a hurt or injured Rock Pigeon might not be eligible for some rescue facilities. It might also be illegal for you to release the bird back into the wild when it recovers. There is no substitute for contacting local wildlife officers to find out how you can help the bird without breaking the law.

The typical wild form of the Rock Pigeon is almost too familiar to need description – a chunky gray bird that flies well, with glittering green and purple at its neck, a bobbing head, and charming pink feet. However, you may often observe color variations among the feral birds, since lost and escaped domestic pigeons can still freely interbreed with the ancestral form.
Reviews
Owners say:
Wonderful:
affectionate, intelligent, extremely low cost., Vocalizations, house pet pigeon
Challenging:
skittish, Aviary Bird, proper diet
Interesting:
heavy bodied bird, powerful fliers, wide variety
Overall review
  • Currently 100
3.9 (10)
CristinaMinnie2
Syd and Midge were a husband and wife couple for whic...
Review by: CristinaMinnie2 (6) January 17, 2015 21:18
  • Currently 100
2.75
1 photo
lhuffman
What initially attracted me to doves was of course ho...
Review by: lhuffman (4) November 17, 2014 15:26
  • Currently 100
4.00
1 photo
GuardianAngel1
I came to own my Common Rock Pigeon about six years a...
Review by: GuardianAngel1 (22) September 20, 2014 01:29
  • Currently 100
4.00
1 photo
BillGlover
When I was a teenager, Mom came home one day with a l...
Review by: BillGlover (6) July 18, 2014 21:14
  • Currently 100
3.50
1 photo
Nekeisha
My first experience with these beautiful birds occurr...
Review by: Nekeisha (1) March 07, 2014 21:14
  • Currently 100
4.75
1 photo

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