doves and pigeons?

To: Syd Curtis <>
Subject: doves and pigeons?
From: Laurie&Leanne Knight <>
Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 20:38:37 +1000
Syd Curtis wrote:

> > 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>
> To which Laurie added the comment:
> >
> > 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
> And in more sensible times, were called Wompoo Pigeon and Brown Pigeon.
> Syd

Indeed Syd, though as you know, common names aren't scientifically based.

I guess the point is that size of the species in the taxonomically based
'fruit-dove' genus [Ptilinipus] ranges from 22cm [rose-crowned and superb]
through 35cm [banded] to 50+ cm [wompoo].  

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