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Old Monday 6th December 2004, 15:27   #1
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Difference between Pigeon and Dove

How do you tell a pigeon from a dove?
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Old Monday 6th December 2004, 16:31   #2
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I think that, in general, pigeons are larger and spend more time in the trees, while doves are smaller and spend more time on the ground. This seems to be true for the doves and pigeons where I live.
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Old Monday 6th December 2004, 16:35   #3
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Hello,

Don't know what you've got in Singapore. Around here (northern USA) the word "pigeon" refers to a domestic or feral bird, long ago developed from doves (similar I guess to the way dogs have been developed from wolves); They are plumper, larger,and from years of crossbreeding for colors, greatly varied in plumage. They are officially called "Rock Doves." Our doves, Mourning Doves, are slimmer, faster, and have much less varied plumage. They are wild birds.

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Old Monday 6th December 2004, 17:27   #4
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How do you tell a pigeon from a dove?
There is no difference.

Smaller species tend to be called doves and large species get called pigeons.

There are plenty of confusing overlaps e.g. in Britain Ring Dove is an old name for Wood Pigeon, Feral Pigeon is the semi-tame version of Rock Dove while attempts to rename Stock Dove as Stock Pigeon have been unsuccessful (and in accurate as the adjective Stock means 'large' as in the word 'stocky' and while Stock Dove is a large dove its a small pigeon).
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Old Monday 6th December 2004, 23:04   #5
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As said by Mike it is the same thing.Like Heron and Egret if you come to think about it.
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Old Monday 6th December 2004, 23:22   #6
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Like Mike and Dimitris said, there is no difference.

By the way, the Rock Dove is now officially the Rock Pigeon.

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Old Tuesday 7th December 2004, 12:22   #7
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Is it true that pigeon square or rounded tails while dove have pointed tails?
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Is it true that pigeon square or rounded tails while dove have pointed tails?
No. All the Streptopelia doves (Collared, African Mourning, Turtle etc.) have rounded tails.
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