Band-Tailed Pigeon

Scientific Name: Patagioenas fasciata

Diet: The Band-Tailed Pigeon eats a variety of seeds, nuts, and berries. They eat cherries, pine nuts, flowers, wheat, oats, barley, and insects.

Behavior: Band-Tailed Pigeons are usually found in groups of 2 or 3. They forage for food in trees often, but also forage on the ground for food.

Habitat: The Band-Tailed Pigeon can be found in city parks and suburban areas with some trees around, forest edges, and greenbelts. They prefer conifer forests, but also live in mixed coniferous-deciduous forests.

Sound: The Band-Tailed Pigeon’s song is a deep who, who, who, and if sounds a bit like an owl.

Nesting: Band-Tailed Pigeons nest in small colonies. They place their nests in trees, 15 to 40 feet high. Band-Tailed Pigeons usually put their nests on a horizontal branch in a fork, or at the base of a branch by the trunk. The nest is built of twigs that the male gathers and brings to the female, who builds the nest. Band-Tailed Pigeons lay 1 to 2 eggs, which are plain and white. Incubation lasts for 18 to 20 days.

Description/field marks: Band-Tailed Pigeons are about 13 to 16 inches long, and weigh about 12 to 13 ounces. They are light gray almost all over. The ends of their wings are dark gray, and the backs of their necks are shiny green, with a white stripe at the top of the green that does not go all the way around their necks. The white stripe is only on the backs of their necks. Their bills are yellow with black tips, and their feet are yellow.

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