Pigeon/Rock Dove

Category: Wildlife

Scientific Name: Columbia Livia



Color: Shades of white, black, blue, gray, etc

Size: Body is 33 cm long

Region: Found throughout the World

Important Considerations:

  • Pigeons are of medical concern because more than 50 diseases have been associated with them
  • Pigeons are monogamous and pair for life
  • 8-12 days after mating, 1-2 white eggs are laid per clutch in the nest
  • Eggs incubate for about 17-19 days
  • Young pigeons will take their first flight when they’re about 35-37 days old
  • Wild pigeons can live for up to 15 years, but captive ones can live for up to 30 years
  • There are 4 main behavior patterns of pigeons: feeding, nesting, roosting and loafing

Where to Find Them on Your Property?

You will find Pigeons/Rock Doves on flat surfaces such as roofs. Pigeons prefer to eat seeds, grain, and fruit, but will also eat garbage if they are hungry. They may build their nests on the edges of structures, cliffs, or in caves. Pigeons may be found in other places where they can perch quietly if they are roosting or loafing.