Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Band-tailed Pigeons in Julian

Band-tailed Pigeons are native doves found from British Columbia, south in the western US, and mountains of Mexico through Central America. They are fond of lower conifer mountains and pine-oak woodlands. I especially like this silhouetted habitat shot.

Band-tailed Pigeon mountain silhouette
Band-tailed Pigeons in typical habitat.
Julian, California. November 5, 2018.
A couple of birds visited a home-made bird bath/drip at a cabin we were renting in Julian earlier this month. The dove is stocky with a tail band like Eurasian Collared-Dove, but those city-dwellers rarely overlap into the pine-oak woodlands of the Band-tailed Pigeons.

Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon portrait

Pigeon eyes are weird.

Compare the following individual.

Band-tailed Pigeon
Immature Band-tailed Pigeon: No white collar, back of the neck isn't very iridescent green, the iris is brown rather than red.

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