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Rock Dove

Columbia livia


general, seabirds live longer, breed later and have fewer young than other birds do, but they invest a great deal of time in their young. Most species nest in colonies, which can vary in size from a few dozen birds to millions. Many species are famous for undertaking long annual migrations, crossing the equator or circumnavigating the Earth in some cases. They feed both at the ocean's surface and below it, and even feed on each other. Seabirds can be highly pelagic, coastal, or in some cases spend a part of the year away from the sea entirely.


Pelagic habitats include the open ocean. Birds that spend time in the pelagic zone must be able to withstand the salt water, wind and waves–and some do for years at a time. True pelagic species are really birds of the sea that only return to land to breed and raise young.

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Rock Dove, Common Pigeon
Columba livia Rock dove - Wikipedia
Pelagic birds
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1 Comment

ForestDragon 4 years ago

Hi 21jsaunders, this appears to be a Pigeon. These are also sometimes called feral pigeons, as they descend from domestic stock that have learned to live "wild", at least in cities where there is plentiful food and few predators.

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Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Spotted on Jan 12, 2020
Submitted on Jan 12, 2020

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