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Rock Dove

Columba livia

Male and Female Rock Dove, Columba livia, photo © by Michael Plagens

A male Rock Dove courts a female on a look-out at Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya. January 2012.

There are probably fewer major cities in the World without Rock Pigeons than with. These birds, progenitors of and escapees from the domestic pigeon, are adapted to cliff habitats in Europe. Buildings, rooves and building overhangs are a superb substitute.

Columbidae -- Dove and Pigeon Family

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