|Feral Pigeons Columbia livia Cusco, southern Peru.|
This ubiquitous species was originally a cliff dweller, the Rock Dove, around the Mediterranean, before being
domesticated for food and more recently spread throughout the world.
|This Bare-faced Ground-Dove Metriopelia ceciliae, in Socomora in the high Atacama Desert of northern Chile,|
illustrates well the essential elements of the family.
|This Galápagos Dove Zenaida galapagoensis, in the port of Puerto Ayora, |
is modelling the standard pigeon feet, with three toes forward and one back, like a passerine.
This is an excellent - though not the only - form for perching.
|Bar-shouldered Doves Geopelia humeralis, Idalia NP, central Queensland; |
the bill can be, as here, submerged to the eyes.
|Peaceful Dove Geopelia placida (barred wings and blueish eye-ring) and Diamond Doves G. cuneata, (spotted wings and red eye-ring) near Mount Isa, north-west Queensland.|
|Bar-shouldered Doves drinking from a film of surface water, Batchelor, Northern Territory.|
|Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera nest on tree ledge, near Forbes, New South Wales.|
|Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophota nest, Canberra.|
|Crested Pigeons displaying (above and below), in a carpark, Erldunda, Northern Territory.|
|Spot-winged Pigeon Patagioenas maculosa, Socorama, northern Chile.|
This bird flies powerfully between feeding sites in its open scrubby habitat.
|Diamond Dove, West MaccDonnell Ranges, central Australia.|
A small ground-feeding dove which needs to be able to take off fast when raptors appear.
|It doesn't always work of course; this Australian Hobby Falco longipennis, was too fast or too cunning for this unfortunate Diamond Dove, Karumba, tropical Queensland.|
|Brown Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia amboinensis, north Queensland.|
|It is hard to conceive that this beautiful bird, not much more than a hundred years ago was one|
of the most abundant birds on earth.
Mounted male Passenger Pigeon, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. Courtesy Wikipedia.