The Common Wood Pigeon may be identified at once by its larger size and the white on its neck and wing. It is otherwise a basically grey bird, with a pinkish breast. Juvenile birds do not have the white patches on either side of the neck. When they are about six months old (about three months out of the nest) they gain small white patches on both sides of the neck, which gradually enlarge until they are fully formed when the bird is about 6–8 months old (approx. ages only). Juvenile birds also have a greyer beak and an overall lighter grey appearance than adult birds.
In the colder northern and eastern parts of its Europe and western Asia range the Common Wood Pigeon is a migrant, but in southern and western Europe it is a well distributed and often abundant resident. In Belgium is an all year long resident.
They live in the woods where my workplace is. They graze the floors in high numbers.
Lat: 50.86, Long: 4.69
Spotted on Mar 24, 2012
Submitted on Apr 15, 2012