Rock Dove (Columba livia)
Species
Rock Dove (Columba livia. Rock Dove. Taken at Bempton Cliffs, E. Yorks, on July 1st 2014.
Rock Dove. Taken at Bempton Cliffs, E. Yorks, on July 1st 2014.
(1/250th sec at f13. Click image for a larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 29-35cm; WS: 60-68cm

The Rock Dove is the wild ancestor of the feral pigeon. Wild Rock Doves have grey backs with bold black wing bars, but feral pigeons come in a variety of colours.

The wild Rock Dove is found only along the north and west coasts of Scotland, on offshore islands, and on Northern Ireland coasts.

It breeds in caves and on steep cliffs, mostly on sea coasts but also in mountains.

Small flocks are often seen flying at high altitude between breeding and foraging sites.

There are around 100000 breeding pairs in the British Isles.

Sightings

19-May-2019 : Àird an Rùnair, North Uist
01-Jul-2014 : Bempton Cliffs, E. Yorks
23-Aug-2010 : Bempton Cliffs, E. Yorks
01-Mar-2009 : Tenerife, Canary Islands
04-Jun-2008 : Farne Islands, Northumberland
06-Mar-2008 : Madeira
25-Aug-2006 : Bempton Cliffs, E. Yorks
11-May-2004 : Madeira