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Common Wood Pigeon
Common Wood Pigeon
Common Wood Pigeon Common Wood Pigeon  

The Common Wood Pigeon is a member of the dove and pigeon family. It is locally known in southeast England as the Culver. In the colder northern and eastern parts of its Europe and western Asia range the Common Wood Pigeon is a migrant, but in southern and western Europe it is a well distributed and often abundant resident.

The Common Wood Pigeon may be identified at once by its larger size at 38–43 cm, and the white on its neck and wing. It is otherwise a basically grey bird, with a pinkish breast.

Juvenile birds do not have the white patches on either side of the neck. When they are about six months old (about three months out of the nest) they gain small white patches on both sides of the neck, which gradually enlarge until they are fully formed when the bird is about 6–8 months old (approx. ages only). Juvenile birds also have a greyer beak and an overall lighter grey appearance than adult birds.

It breeds in trees in woods, parks and gardens, laying two white eggs in a simple stick nest which hatch after 17 to 19 days. Wood Pigeons seem to have a preference for trees near roadways and rivers. The young usually fly at 33 to 34 days; however if the nest is disturbed some young may be able to survive having left the nest as early as 20 days from hatching.

Most of its diet is vegetable, taken from open fields or gardens and lawns; young shoots and seedlings are favoured, and it will take grain, as well as certain fruits and berries.

This photograph was clicked during my visit to United Kingdom in 2011. One of the wet weekends I dared to visit St. James Park hoping for some good photography. With the cutie gray squirrels roaming around, thought of taking a ground level shot. Was successful to click few but with the light conditions not suitable, waited for the perfect light to fall on the subjects. As I was patiently lying down on the wet green grass, this pigeon just walked in front of me not caring about me lying down nearby. Could manage to get some decent ground level full frame shots of this common beauty.

Disclaimer: This photograph is taken in the natural habitat. Incase if anybody needs the copy of this picture, please contact me. © All Rights Reserved by Yogesh Rane (www.junglebook.co.in / www.yogeshrane.com)

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