Large gray bird, the size of a Red-tailed hawk, but looks like a pigeon

LARGE, mostly slate gray on the upper body and back, a buff color breast and under body, white patch on the bottom tail feathers, with a band of white & black behind the head, and a large yellow bill.


If it wasn't so large, I would say it was some kind of pigeon or dove, but I don't know of any Giant Sized pigeons

Area: northern california, sonoma county

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Sep 02, 2013
Large hawk size pigeon NEW
by: Alexander

I,too,have seen a pair of these large red-tailed hawk sized pigeons. They were up in a tree in the new Montini preserve near the city of Sonoma.

Feb 10, 2013
Band-tailed Pigeon
by: Judy-Seattle

Your bird is a Band-tailed Pigeon. They are found all up and down the Pacific coast.

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