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Band-tailed Pigeon

Patagioenas fasciata


The Band-tailed Pigeon is a medium-sized bird of the Americas. Its closest relatives are the Chilean Pigeon and the Ring-tailed Pigeon, which form a clade of Patagioenas with a terminal tail band and iridescent plumage on their necks.


Favors areas with oak woodland, but also found here on the coast in the eucalyptus groves and occasionally at feeders.


I seldom see this species of pigeon here anymore, since the Eurasian Collared Dove population explosion. They are very shy, unlike other species of pigeon. They are usually seen in flocks, so this single bird at my feeder was very surprising.

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San Mateo, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 2, 2012
Submitted on Apr 2, 2012

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