Columba (genus)

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Columba
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Feral Pigeons


Feral Pigeons in winter
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family:Columbidae
Genus:Columba
Linnaeus, 1758
Species

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The large bird genus Columba comprises a group of medium to large stout-bodied pigeons, often referred to as the typical pigeons.

As with other genera in the family, the terms dove and pigeon are used interchangeably, although smaller species are more likely to be called doves. The species commonly referred to just as the "pigeon" is the feral Rock Dove.

Most species in this genus are found in the Old World, but there are a few representatives in the Americas, and some species, notably the Feral Pigeon, have been introduced outside their natural range.

Species are:

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