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Skagit Valley white Dove by Marjorie Wallace
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This white dove is kept at Christianson’s Nursery and Antiques in a cage near the roses and school house.

http://www.christiansonsnursery.com/

Pigeons and doves constitute the bird family Columbidae within the order Columbiformes, which include some 300 species of near passerines. In general terms “dove” and “pigeon” are used somewhat interchangeably. In ornithological practice, there is a tendency for “dove” to be used for smaller species and “pigeon” for larger ones, but this is in no way consistently applied, and historically the common names for these birds involve a great deal of variation between the terms “dove” and “pigeon.” This family occurs worldwide, but the greatest variety is in the Indomalaya and Australasia ecozones. Young doves and pigeons are called “squabs.”

Pigeons and doves are stout-bodied birds with short necks, and have short slender bills with a fleshy cere. The species commonly referred to just as “pigeon” is the feral Rock Pigeon, common in many cities.

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Doves and pigeons build relatively flimsy nests from sticks and other debris, which may be placed in trees, on ledges or on the ground, depending on species. They lay one or two eggs, and both parents care for the young, which leave the nest after 7 to 28 days.1 Doves feed on seeds, fruit and plants. Unlike most other birds (but see flamingo), the doves and pigeons produce “crop milk”, which is secreted by a sloughing of fluid-filled cells from the lining of the crop. Both sexes produce this highly nutritious substance to feed to the young.

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Comments

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethalmost 3 years ago

    wow really nice..so big .lovely shape!! well captured.

  • Thank you so much. I think they are so beautifl and I love their cooing.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsalmost 3 years ago

    Absolute beauty, Marjorie, spot on!

  • Thank you very much, George. xo

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • BlackSwan
    BlackSwanalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely!!

  • Thank you very much, Leena. Every time I look at this image, I imagine I can hear the cooing of a Dove.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejalmost 3 years ago

    terrific capture!

  • Thank you very much, Linda. xo

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 3 years ago

    beautiful bird,dawnx

  • Thank you very much, Dawn.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful bird!

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