Common pigeon (Columba livia)
|Also known as:||Rock dove, Rock pigeon|
- 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.
The common pigeon is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).
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IUCN Red List (July, 2011)