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Pigeons and Doves

Doves and pigeons all belong to the same family of birds, and share many distinctive features such as small rounded heads, slim bills with a fleshy patch at the base, rotund bodies with soft dense feathers, tapered wings and short scaly legs. All species have similar cooing and crooning calls too. Rock doves have long been domesticated in the UK and are the ancestors of all 'Fancy pigeons'; but having escaped from captivity they now live in towns and cities too. This is a brief guide to the wild pigeons that live in the UK, along with others commonly kept in captivity.