doves and pigeons?

To: Claire Stevenson <>, Birding Aus <>, jade welch <>
Subject: doves and pigeons?
From: Laurie&Leanne Knight <>
Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 10:14:11 +1000
Claire wrote

"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." <snip>

I'm not so sure about that.  The wompoo fruit dove and the brown cuckoo dove are
both at the larger end of the pigeon/dove spectrum.

Regards, laurie
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