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Hybrid pigeon Scotland? (1 Viewer)

Dawsy

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This pigeon has been coming to my garden in rural central Scotland together with other feral pigeons with highly varied plumage. To me it looks quite like a stock dove but without the black eyes and wingbars. Did it just end up like this by chance or could it be a hybrid? There are plenty of stock doves around so it's plausible in that sense.
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Nutcracker

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I'd say just a fairly recently fledged juvenile Feral Pigeon - the bill pattern is typical FP, with none of Stock Dove's distinctive pattern and colour.
 

Dawsy

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I'd say just a fairly recently fledged juvenile Feral Pigeon - the bill pattern is typical FP, with none of Stock Dove's distinctive pattern and colour.

Thanks. It's the overall colouring and lack of a white rump that reminded me of stock dove but I'm happy to believe that could just be random feral pigeon features.
 

stevethehydra

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What about the brown eye? It looks plausibly intermediate between Stock Dove black and Feral Pigeon/Rock Dove red.

It's a bit odd that I can't seem to find a photo of a definite Rock x Stock Dove hybrid anywhere, given that hybrids between Rock/Feral and Woodpigeon, and between Rock/Feral and Collared Dove, are well documented. I'd have thought that Stock Dove was more genetically similar than either of those.
 

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