Pigeon, Feral

Feral pigeons, also called city dovescity pigeons, or street pigeons, are pigeons that are derived from the domestic pigeons that have returned to the wild. The domestic pigeon was originally bred from the wild rock dove, which naturally inhabits sea-cliffs and mountains. Rock (i.e., "wild"), domestic, and feral pigeons are all the same species and will readily interbreed. Feral pigeons find the ledges of buildings to be a substitute for sea cliffs, have become adapted to urban life, and are abundant in towns and cities throughout much of the world.

Latin Name
Columba livia domestica

When the bird was spotted

Date Location Title Seen by Interestingness
UK, Teesside and the North York Moors Stokesley b.m.stokesley
France, Leymen Flying in the field behind the house mike421
UK, Teesside and the North York Moors Stokesley b.m.stokesley
Germany, Marktrodach a swarm of around 30-40 pigeons above a field Hühnerhabicht **
Germany, Marktrodach On the street Hühnerhabicht *
UK, Teesside and the North York Moors Redcar b.m.stokesley *
Germany, Kandern a couple building a nest in neighbour's house Hühnerhabicht **
France, Leymen in the fields behind the house mike421
Germany, Wissen flying in our street Hühnerhabicht **
France, Leymen On the way to Hagenthal mike421
France, Leymen in the fields behind the house mike421
Portugal, Algarve Faro b.m.stokesley
Spain, Seville Seville b.m.stokesley
UK, London sitting in a tree in Hampstead Hühnerhabicht
UK, Teesside and the North York Moors Saltholme b.m.stokesley
Germany, Kandern Pigeons on roof in town centre Hühnerhabicht
France, Leymen Flying overhead in the garden mike421
France, La petite Camargue La petite Camargue mike421
Greece, Kalymnos Masouri mike421 *
UK, Teesside and the North York Moors Over the garden mike421 *
UK, Teesside and the North York Moors Saltholme b.m.stokesley
France, Leymen Pigeons flying round the house mike421