Unusual Pigeon

by Mary Ellen
(Hampton, CT)

An unusual pigeon has made its home in our yard, and is now a regular at our bird feeder. The head is iridescent, body dark brown or black, and the wings are brown and white in a beautiful symmetrical pattern. Haven't been able to get a clear picture with our camera. Any ideas?

Comments for Unusual Pigeon

Click here to add your own comments

Jun 19, 2017
There are Many unusual Pigeons
by: Margaret Mariam

After decades of having pigeon-proof feeders, my feelings about them changed when I raised a pigeon hatchling last summer. Now, as a compromise with my critical neighbors, I hand feed pigeons in my yard. (Versus having platform feeders, with spillage.) And I think I have seen every possible color combination imaginable. One of the biggest differences with pigeons from other birds, is that their offspring may not look anything like its parents. A male cardinal will always be red. A blue jay will always be blue (black and white) But pigeons ? SO MANY varying patterns. Another cool thing, is that, unless it falls from a nest or is similarly affected, you never see baby pigeons. Their parents keep them in the nest until they are almost fully grown - greatly increasing their chances of survival.
Remember, pigeons are (rock) doves - worthy of the same appreciation as the peace doves. If they weren't so good at protecting their young, and each other, people might appreciate them more. But there are so many...

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to What Is This Bird?.

Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. Jack

    Feb 22, 18 02:29 PM

    I'm looking to find the breed of this bird. Wee little honey eater bird but a fatty in comparison to overall size. Brisbane north side.

    Read More

  2. What kind of bird did I see today in Austin, Texas?

    Feb 20, 18 07:31 PM

    This bird was sitting in the rain on a fence along the road, just west of Austin, TX. He was big--about 10 inches tall. He had a speckled yellowish breast.

    Read More

  3. Orioles in Hampton Roads Virginia?

    Feb 13, 18 09:21 PM

    I live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. I have bird feeders in my yard and get lots of visitors from a variety of birds. I also have an orange Oriole

    Read More