Large grey birds

by Irene
(Running Springs, Ca)

I recently have had a flock of large grey birds at my feeders. They resemble pigeons somewhat. Have a white ring around their necks and are completely grey, shading from dark to light. Small bills and travel in a group of 8. I live in the mtns of S. California at 6000 ft. Can you tell me what these are?

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May 30, 2013
Large Grey Birds W/White rings NEW
by: Carol

I too now have a flock of large grey birds with white rings, they're about 4-6x bigger easily than our mourning doves. They just starting flying in daily in a group of six together. They look like a very large dove, but they have a thick white ring across the back of their neck, no dark rings. I've been searching online but can't find anything similar. A friend said maybe they're migrating. Hope you can help. I'll take pics, where do I send them? Thank you.

Mar 11, 2013
Glad you found it! NEW
by: GaryE

I am glad you were able to find it. It really is an exceptional site I love using it. That is a really neat looking bird . . if anyone else wants to see it :

Take care!

Mar 09, 2013
Large grey birds NEW
by: Irene

GARY!! I found it!! It's a BAND-TAILED PIGEON! Also called a blue rock pigeon. Thanks for your help. That guide is a very good one!!

Mar 09, 2013
Grey birds NEW
by: Irene

Ok, Gary, I'll try that. And I live in the mountains of S. California. Just moved from Boulder, Colorado actually. Maybe I can try to post a photo...hmmmmm.

Mar 09, 2013
uhmmmmmm ????? NEW
by: GaryE

It sounds like you have a dove like bird but I can not find any dove like birds in my books with white rings on the neck (black rings yes). I am intrigued but completely stumped. So let us try to get some more info from you.

Take a look at a bird book, or a bird website (my favorite is and check out Doves like:

Eurasian Collared-Dove (relatively common but has a black Collar/ring and it likely to be found where you live)
Mourning Dove (very common but no throat band)
Spotted Dove (very rare in North America as an introduced species from asia)
Key West Quail-Dove (extinct)
Ruddy Quail-Dove (female) (live no where near Colorado)

and see if any of those look *at all* like your birds. When I say look like your birds I mean if the shape is roughly the same, similar head and beak size and shape those types of things.

If they do appear similar we can try a more focused search for doves or we can punt and look for non-dove like birds. I at least just need a little more to go on!

Good Luck!

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