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Family: Columbidae

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Doves and Pigeons • Family Columbidae
The doves and pigeons is one of the most widely recognised bird families, that include some 308 species, of which there are about 25 in Australia (3 introduced species). The term dove and pigeon are often applied to specific species, and in ornithological usage, there is a tendency for the term ‘dove’ to be applied to the smaller species and ‘pigeon’ being applied to the larger species, although there is no consistency in its application.

The term ‘pigeon’ has today been applied to the feral Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), common in many cities around the world. This pigeon is also known by the name ‘feral pigeon’ and ‘domestic pigeon’.


Common Name Scientific Name Where Found
Dove, Pigeon Columbidae  
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae

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The Internet Bird Collection (IBC)
• A non-profit endeavour with the ultimate goal of disseminating knowledge about the world's avifauna. It is an on-line audiovisual library of footage of the world's birds that is available to the general public free of charge - check out the COLUMBIDAE (Pigeons and Doves).
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