Feral Pigeons

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Subject: Feral Pigeons
From: Mark Clayton <>
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 02:02:54 +0000

Their official name is Rock Dove Columba livia when found in their natural environment which does NOT include Australia. Most of the pigeons we see are generally accepted as delinquent "racing pigeons' that have decided they prefer to live a free and (not so) easy life. They come in many colour variations and several forms e.g "Tumbler Pigeons" have some how evolved over the years. Any species of bird, mammal fish plants etc, etc that have become established where they don't naturally occur are usually referred to as feral.


On 28/08/2019 11:52 am, Chris Liddiard wrote:
Would someone mind telling me what sort of pigeon is considered “feral”? 
Are they species that are not considered “native”? 

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On 28 Aug 2019, at 10:20 am, John Harris <> wrote:Officially know as Rock Dove when in the wild





From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Wednesday, 28 August 2019 at 10:18 am
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Subject: [canberrabirds] Feral Pigeons


I am engaged on a little project on the local feral pigeons.  I’m interested in any reports of regular feeding aggregations or major roosting or nesting sites.


At the moment we are not seeing the large flocks we used to get around the open areas and on powerlines at JWNR.  There are a few flocks to be seen on lawns in the parliamentary triangle.


The flock regularly seen flying over south Canberra is probably based at a local loft i.e. privately owned.  There are probably similar flocks in North Canberra, which is the home of an active pigeon racing club.

Does anyone on this chatline keep pigeons?


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