Iridescent feathers of pigeons

Rock doves, or common pigeons (Columba livia), like those shown here have iridescent green and purple feathers around their necks. Both males and females show these iridescent colours, although females tend to have less iridescence than males. Iridescence means that the colours change according to the angle of view (or angle of illumination). So as the…

Rock on pigeons, you are just like us!

Feral pigeons (Columba livia domestica) – also called city pigeons or street pigeons – are extremely successful animals.  They are derived from domesticated pigeons, which are themselves derived from rock doves.  Rock doves nest on cliffs, and are relatively rare.  On the other hand, feral pigeons have successfully adapted to our urban environment, treating buildings…