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Common Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)


The Wood Pigeon has a length of 41cm and can weigh between 450-520 g. a common resident species that can be found across Europe, and the largest pigeon. Wood Pigeons’ have white patches on the side of its neck, and white bands on their wings in flight. The outer wings and tail are typically black. The Wood Pigeon can take advantage of trees and buildings to gain a vantage point over the surrounding area and are usually heard before they are seen with their distinctive call. 


The Wood Pigeon can live in a wide range of areas, primarily farmland near woods, but also towns, cities and islands.


The Wood Pigeon primarily on leaves and seeds.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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