Band-Tailed Pigeon (protrait detail)

This is arguable one of the more strikeing pigeons in the Western United States. It is unique in that is is not a domestic pigeon, like the birds commonly seen around parks, shopping malls, buildings etc. No, this is a wild pigeon found only in the Western United States and Mexico. It is very large, considerably larger than the pigeons seen in the places mentioned above. They don't sound anything like the common pigeons, either. They are pure in their gene pool, and don't exhibit much variance in the plumage, like the domestic, imported pigeons (from Asia, actually). This adult bird has the wonderful 'wine' colored blush in the head and neck; colorful irredesence in the nape, and the characteristic white neck band. My only regret is that they eat unimaginible quantities of food. I've watched them devour 50lbs (that is not a misstype) of sunflower seeds in less than 30 minutes.


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Uploaded 4:24 PM on May 30, 2012
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Wofford Heights, CA
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