There are five species of pigeon and dove in the UK countryside. Three of them are common – wood pigeon, collared dove and stock dove – and two are extremely rare – turtle dove and rock dove.

Are there doves in the UK?

The collared dove is a small pigeon found on farmland and in woodland, parks and gardens across the country. Since breeding in the UK was first recorded in the 1950s, numbers have increased and the collared dove is now one of our commonest garden birds.

Is a dove just a white pigeon UK?

Technically, no. There is no difference. “Dove” and “pigeon” are just names used to call the different bird species of the Columbidae family.

Are there mourning doves in England?

But for Brian Rabbitts, a recorder for the British Trust of Ornithology, the day was to take an unexpected twist. He was stopped in his tracks by an mourning dove – one of the rarest visitors to the UK.

Are pigeons the same as doves?

Pigeons and doves belong to the same family of birds (Columbidae), which consists of more than 300 species of birds. They share similar features like thick and round bodies, short necks and thin peaks, but doves are generally of a smaller stature while pigeons are often larger and stubbier.

How do you tell a dove from a pigeon?

While doves and pigeons come from the same family of birds, generally doves are smaller while pigeons are the larger species. The other key difference is that pigeons have a straighter tail while doves are more fanned out. There is absolutely no scientific difference between doves and pigeons.

Do doves live in the wild UK?

Pure rock doves are rare and, in the British Isles, now found only on the coasts of north and west Scotland and Ireland where they nest on cliffs. Find out more about rock pigeons.

Can a dove and pigeon mate?

Dove Species

The terms dove and pigeon are used interchangeably, but dove usually refers to a smaller bird, according to the American Dove Association. Worldwide, there are approximately 300 dove species. These species rarely, if ever, interbreed in the wild, although they can be mated in captivity.

Are doves rare?

The Mourning Dove is the most widespread and abundant game bird in North America. Every year hunters harvest more than 20 million, but the Mourning Dove remains one of our most abundant birds with a U.S. population estimated at 350 million.

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