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  Order Columbiformes - Columbiformes
   Family Columbidae - Pigeons and Doves

  Columbiforms include two groups: the extinct Dodo and solitaire and modern pigeons and doves.
Pigeons and Doves are compact with short necks and small heads. They bob their head as they walk. The bill is slender and may be constricted in the middle. Nostrils are found within a fleshy cere. Many feed their young a crop secretion ("crop milk"). Most are able to suck water from a puddle rather than depend passively on gravity when they drink.
Pigeons (Columba) have rapid flight and are often seen in flocks.
     
     
  Rock Pigeon, Columbia livia
 
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        YEAR ROUND - Rare / Irregular (local)
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   Rock Pigeons are feral doves with a complex population derived from a number of introductions. This Palearctic species and been domesticated and has been distributed worldwide. Various birds may be checkered, brown, pied (black and white), or dark. Birds of different color interbreed freely. They are larger, stouter, and shorter tailed than the Mourning Dove. They have a rounded tail and most have a white rump. They have a white cere.
   Rock Pigeons are gregarious, often seen in flocks when roosting, feeding or flying.
   In larger cities they have become the major prey item for city-dwelling peregrines.
   This species is the origin of many pigeon breeds in which particular structures or behaviors have become exaggerated. "Homing Pigeons" are trained Rock Pigeons that are selected for their ability to return home from distant sites. Click to visit the web site of the National Pigeon Association.
Rock Dove
 
Rock Pigeon. Monterey Bay, CA
   
  RANGE: Rock Pgeons are found in all of the contiguous US and southern Canada, extending south into Central America.
   BREEDING: Monogamous. 4-5 broods. They build a nest on a ledge, under eaves, on bridge supports, etc. (The natural site for nests are on sheltered cliff ledges). The female does most of the building. The nest is a loose saucer with no lining. They lay 2 (1-2) eggs which both sexes incubate for 16-19 days. Young are altricial and are brooded for a week or so. They are able to fly after 25-32 days. Both parents care for the chicks, feeding them crop milk for several days. Young may first breed at 6 months of age.
  DIET: Grain or seeds. Occasionally green leaves and invertebrates. In cities they may live largely on bread or other junk food provided by people. They forage mostly on the ground, often in flocks. They feed their young crop milk.
  VOICE: Their song is a low, humming series of notes and low hoots.
  NOTES:
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      Seabrook. Kiawah - rare year round. Edisto - resident.
      Coastal - common permanent resident. Hilton Head - fairly common permanent resident. Cape Romain - occasional year-round.
         Huntington Beach
- rare year-round
      Caw Caw - uncommon year-round. ACE - accidental.
   CBC: Charleston - 6, 56, 10, 44, 45, 145, 122, 35;
            Hilton Head 70, 6, 10, 6, 6, 48, 34, 37;
            McClellanville 1, 0, 6, 4, nc, 0, 8, 0; Winyah Bay 55, 28, 55, 15, 9, 13; Litchfield/Pawley's 68, 43, 24, 26, 100, 95, 74, 32.
   SCBBA: Scattered / all coastal counties. Ranges throughout the state.
   P&G: Common resident. Probability breeds throughout the year.
   Avendex: No records.
   Potter: Introduced species. Naturalized in all but the most remote regions. Pigeons avoid woodlands and are most numerous in urban habitats. Young pigeons are a delicacy and pigeons have served as message carriers and ornamentals.
  ●  Irregular. I have not seen Rock Pigeons on Seabrook Look around the gate area, the equestrian center, and the Club. The Raquet Club is also a possible site. They are reported for April on the Golf Courses. They are "rare" on Kiawah...
       
    Banner - Rock Dove. Texel, Netherlands?
       
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