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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Doves and Pigeons

In everyday speech, dove frequently indicates a pigeon that is white or nearly white; some people use the terms dove and pigeon interchangeably. In contrast, in scientific and ornithological practice, dove tends to be used for smaller species and pigeon for larger ones, but this is in no way consistently applied. Thank you to all...

In everyday speech, dove frequently indicates a pigeon that is white or nearly white; some people use the terms dove and pigeon interchangeably. In contrast, in scientific and ornithological practice, dove tends to be used for smaller species and pigeon for larger ones, but this is in no way consistently applied.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme Doves and Pigeons, your pictures can create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of the week.

The Asian Emerald Dove, also known as the Common Emerald Dove or the Grey-capped Emerald Dove is. A widespread species that breeds I the tropical and sub-tropical parts of the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed at Karnataka, India (Johnson Peter)
The Bare-eyed Pigeon is found in northern Colombia, Venezuela and the Netherlands Antilles. It is mainly a brown bird with a fairly long neck, red feet and a yellow beak. Photo taken at the Bubali Wetlands, Aruba, the Caribbean (Michiel Oversteegen)
The Caribbean Dove photographed in Jamaica. It is found in subtropical or tropical dry forest habitats, or subtropical moist lowland habitats (Dr.Jayaraj Padmanabhan)
Eurasian Collared Dove photographed at Beas, Punjab, India (Sandeep Beas)
The Crested Pigeon is widely distributed throughout mainland Australia except for the far northern tropical areas. This bird is sometimes referred to as the Topknot Pigeon. Photographed at Melbourne, Australia (Richard Chong)
Common Emerald Dove in Ganeshgudi, Karnataka, India (Asmita Baji)
The Eurasian Collared Dove photographed at Delhi, India. This species is native to Europe and Asia, and it has been introduced to North America (Tarun Kapoor)
The Laughing Dove is a small pigeon which is a resident breeder in the Indian Subcontinent. It is most common in scrub, dry farmland, and in areas of human habitation, often becoming very tame. Photographed at Ferozepur, Punjab, India (Manish Ahuja)
Laughing Dove Photographed at Jamnagar, Gujarat, India (Vishwas Thakker)
Mourning Dove in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA (Dot Rambin)
The Mourning Dove is one of the most common birds in North America. Mourning Doves are found, especially after the breeding season, in medium to large flocks. This is often the result of family groups combining. Photographed in the USA (Kelly Hunt)
The Oriental Turtle Dove, also known as the Rufous Turtle Dove, has a native distribution range from Europe, east across Asia to Japan. Populations of this species show variations in the patterning of plumage and have been designated into at least six named subspecies. Photographed at Sattal, Uttarakhand, India (Krishna Kumari)
Oriental Turtle Dove photographed at Tiger hill, Darjeeling, India (Sayantan Ghosh)
The Pin-tailed Green Pigeon has a very long, sharp-tipped tail which diagnostic and evident both when in flight and when perched. Individuals of this species are usually seen in pairs or small to medium-sized flocks. Photographed at the Nurbong Tea Estate, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India (Gargi Biswas)
Red Turtle Dove, or the Red Collared Dove is a small pigeon found in the tropics of Asia. Males have a bluish head and light red-brown body with a black ring around their necks while females are similar but pinkish all over. Photographed at Jamnagar, Gujarat, India (Ronak Lalitkumar Joshi)
The Rock Dove, sometimes referred to as the Rock Pigeon or the Common Pigeon, is found in a variety of habitats that include open and semi-open environments. Photo taken at the Hussainiwala Reservoir, Ferozepur, India (Vishesh Kamboj)
Rock Doves photographed in West Bengal, India (Manideep Naskar)
The Spotted Dove is found in Asia and it inhabits a range of habitats including woodlands, scrub, farmland and human habitation. This species has also become established in many areas outside its native range. Photographed in Hawaii, USA (Ashrith R.Kandula)
Spotted Dove photographed in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (Vikram Bahal)
The Thick-billed Green Pigeon is found cross the eastern regions of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, stretching from the Eastern Himalayas to Borneo and Sumatra. Photographed at Selangor, Malaysia (Richard Chong)
The Wedge-tailed Pigeon is also known as the Kokla Green Pigeon. Photographed in Sattal, Uttarakhand (Asmita Baji)
The Western Crowned Pigeon is a large, blue-grey pigeon with blue lacy crests over the head and dark blue mask feathers around its eyes. This pigeon is the official provincial bird of West Papua, and it appears on its coat of arms. Photographed in Singapore (Siddhartha Mukherjee)
Yellow footed Green Pigeon is also called the Yellow-legged Green Pigeon. It is a common species of green pigeon found in the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed at Nagpur Maharashtra, India (Murli Manohar Naidu)
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon photographed at Basirhat, West Bengal, India (Sujit Mondal)
The other name for the Zebra Dove is Barred Ground Dove. It is a small bird with a long tail, predominantly brownish-grey in colour with black-and-white barring. Photo taken in Penang, Malaysia (Harn Sheng Khor)

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