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Stock Dove? (1 Viewer)


Is this bird a Stock Dove? Or is it a Feral Pigeon? I struggle to tell the difference, but I'm hoping that this bird is a Stock Dove.


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Selsey Birder

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Hi Martindove,

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news - Feral Pigeon - Note the two bold and thick wing bars.



Ah, I see. The Stock Dove doesn't have the thick wing bars. I had missed that somehow.
This is a different bird and a regular visitor to my garden, maybe this one is a Stock Dove? (Sorry it's not such a good picture, it's taken through the kitchen window!).


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Joern Lehmhus

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Look at the following Markers-

Stock dove:
dark iris --pink bill -- only two shortish black bars /spots on wing

Rock dove or Rock pigeon (ancestor of feral pigeon- therefore this appleies also to wildcolored feral pigeons like the on e in your 1st photo):
orange to reddish brown iris--grey-black bill-- two long black bars on wing

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