Species: Stock Dove (Columba oenas)

Family: Pigeons and Doves (COLUMBIDAE)

Category: Birds

Location: Widespread

A. Birds

More extensive information on birds can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Pigeons and Doves (COLUMBIDAE)

This is a large family that feeds primarily on seeds, fruits, and plants. They are strong flyers, famed for their homing ability, using the sun as a compass and landmarks to navigate.

C. Stock Dove (Columba oenas)

The Stock Dove is very similar in appearance to the Rock Dove. However, rather than having the vaguely purplish appearance of the Rock Dove, the Stock Dove has a generally blue-grey appearance. It also has an iridescent bottle-green area at the back of its neck. The Stock Dove does not have the pale rump of the Rock Dove.

In Britain, the Stock Dove is less numerous than the Rock Dove. Recent population declines in Britain have placed this bird in the AMBER category.


Stock Dove

The Stock Dove has a generally blue-grey appearance.