doves and pigeons?

To: "Birding Aus" <>, "jade welch" <>
Subject: doves and pigeons?
From: "Claire Stevenson" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2003 20:13:09 +0800
Hi Jade,
I had someone ask me that question a couple of months ago. I think it mainly has to do with size .. the larger members of the family (Columbidae) are called pigeons, while the smaller ones are called doves. All members of Columbidae have a soft cere, small bill and stout body with short legs. From what I've read there seems to be no other clear-cut distinction of members of the Family, except when grouping some of the members into genus.
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