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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Apr 22, 2018
Viewed this large grey bird NEW
by: Robin

This very large beautiful bird stopped by in Montana. Looked just like a. Pigeon but huge. Many Snow geese. Canada’s and swans fly over. Heading to Freeze Out Lake by Fairfield Mt he may have come along. Very late spring Ice for along time. Quite intriguing. We don’t have pigeon s but have the small cooing doves on occasion. Off he went before I could catch a picture. The Magpies were grouping up not really welcome in my trees. Scare and hurt llittle nesting birds. Totally amazed.

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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