Common pigeon (Columba livia)

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IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • Able to navigate using the earth’s magnetic fields, common pigeons can find their way across large distances even when blindfolded.
  • Common pigeons that are found in towns and cities are feral pigeons, descended from domestic pigeons.
  • It is thought that common pigeons could have been domesticated over 5,000 years ago.
  • Common pigeons are naturally blue, though there are many different colour variations including red, black, and white.
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Common pigeon description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassAves
OrderColumbiformes
FamilyColumbidae
GenusColumba (1)

Information on the common pigeon is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

Also known as
Rock dove, Rock pigeon.
French
Pigeon biset.
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Common pigeon status

The common pigeon is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (July, 2011)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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