Sunday, 17 January 2010

Stock Dove (Columba oenas)

  Adult Stock Dove (subspecies C. o. oenas) at Rutland Water, Rutland - July 2012

OTHER NAMES: Stock Pigeon
Featured Subspecies: Columba oenas oenas
Weight: 300g
Length: 32-34cm
Wingspan: 66cm
UK AMBER LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Stock Dove is the far gentler looking cousin of the far more common rock dove and wood pigeon. Due to how common those two species are, I suspect this bird goes under most peoples radar - written off as another pigeon. It can be identified by the lack of white on it, and being smaller than the wood pigeon and more delicate looking than the rock dove. It does seem a little more timid than the other pigeons, but still should be relatively easy.  It is more of a bird of the countryside than the other two, and a lot more timid so can be a bit more problematic.

Related Species:
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Columba
Subspecies: C. o. oenas, C. o. yarkandensis   

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Widespread breeding resident (260,000 territories)

Further Information: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuidesBirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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