Originally Posted by Simon Wates
Interesting; because down here in the Algarve Woodpigeon is a shy and discreet bird breeding mainly in quiet wooded rural areas away from population centres. They don't walk around oblivious to people on lawns in gardens and parks etc. This is maybe down to hunting but I don't believe that's the main reason somehow...?
I suspect it is due to hunting vs no hunting - countryside Woodpigeons here are also very shy. But generations of urban ones have grown up now knowing they won't be shot at, and will happily let you walk past them a couple of metres away (provided you don't have a dog, and don't stop and stare at them).