and pigeons are members of the columbidae family. They are found
all over the world. Their diets allow them to exist in most
climates because the seeds and grains they eat are available
almost everywhere. Most pigeons are very social birds and they
like to dwell in areas where people live because they know there
will be plenty of foods available and plenty of nesting and
roosting areas in the eaves of buildings, on roofs and balconies
and in abandoned sheds and buildings. In some areas, they have
learned to 'come' to people for food and in many countries, it's
a popular pastime to go to a park or square for an hour of
pigeon watching, especially if you come equipped with a bag of
Like members of the
parrot family, doves and pigeons have something called a 'true
crop'. This means that they have the ability to produce a thick
substance known as 'crop milk', which they regurgitate for their
young. Doves and pigeons are exceptional parents.
Doves are known as the
'birds of peace'. Their melodic cooing on a warm summer evening
might make YOU feel peaceful, but watching their strutting antics and
pushy behaviour at feeders can make you wonder!
Generally, the word
"dove" is used to describe the smaller species of
The columbidae are part
of a larger family called an "order," and it is called
Come and find out more
about columbiformes. They're something to coo about.
am called the piping bird, the peeping bird, duyve and
My family name is columbidae.
I can hiss, grunt and whistle but Iím not a snake, pig
I like to bill and coo
and I like to strut my stuff.
Even though I can be quite feisty and argumentative, I am
called the bird of peace.
I like to sit on statues.
Can you guess who I am?