Rock Dove (/Pigeon) Colomba livia

Rock Dove
Rock Dove
Rock Dove
The Rock Dove, above, is the wild ancestor of the common town pigeon. The Feral Pigeon genes have been diluted by domestic breeding for homing/racing/message carrying/fancy plumage and other traits and the feral escapees and hybrids now common worldwide, particularly in cities, come in various patterns and colours.
Pigeon FERAL PIGEON with Rock Dove-type plumage
True Rock Doves, also called Rock Pigeons, are increasingly rare as wild pigeons hybridise with feral, and pure Rock Doves are usually on rocky offshore outposts away from human settlements (in UK, mostly off Scotland). The Rock Dove looks like a pale grey pigeon with iridescent green and purple neck and two black wing bars. It has a smaller cere (white on nostrils), bright red feet, a white patch on the back and a pale grey lower rump.
Rock Dove Rock Dove: The grey tail, when spread, reveals white side edges as well as a black bar at the end. It has a white patch on its back.
Pigeon The bird above has an over-large white cere (on beak above nostril), pink legs/feet and is in a town garden. It is a Feral Pigeon showing its ancestral plumage pattern.