Common Wood pigeon

Common Wood pigeon

Description

Key information

The UK’s largest and commonest pigeon, the woodpigeon is largely grey with a white neck patch and white wing patches, clearly visible in flight.

Although shy in the countryside it can be tame and approachable in towns and cities. Its cooing call is a familiar sound in woodlands as is the loud clatter of its wings when it flies away.

What they eat:

Crops like cabbages, sprouts, peas and grain. Also buds, shoots, seeds, nuts and berries.

Measurements:

Length:
40-42cm
Wingspan:
75-80cm
Weight:
480-550g

Population:

UK breeding:
5,400,000 pairs

Identifying features:

This bird species has different identifying features depending on sex/age/season.

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