Columba oenas - Stock pigeon:

Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Aves / Columbiformes / Columbidae / Columba / Species

This section is currently predominantly used in Wildpro to link different data types and demonstrate inter-relationships. Although it identifies that taxonomic interrelationships of species (see "header") it does not currently contain detailed information on the bird species itself. As WILDPro is developed, we will gradually convert these pages into full Species pages.

The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
Distribution General Range: Palearctic; winters to northern Africa (B89)
Habitat Breeding - Near woodland on agricultural land also on a diverse range of open habitats. (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - seeds
  • feeding behaviour - gleans on ground


  • location and structure - hole in tree or cliff
  • nest building - male and female
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - not patterned
  • number of eggs - 2 (1)
  • broods - two - five broods per season
  • incubation - by male and female; 16-18 days


  • development - Altricial
  • parental caring for young - male and female
  • fledging - 20-30 days

(B163, B164)

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