The largest pigeon in Europe, the woodpigeon is 40 centimetres long. It is greyish in colour with a rose-violet breast and a large white patch on the side of its neck. In flight it reveals a white band on its upper wing.
Living in woods, parks and gardens, even in city centres, the woodpigeon can be found throughout Europe, except the far north.
The woodpigeon’s nest is a simple platform of sticks in a tree. It eats mainly grains, shoots and seedlings, and occasionally insects and larvae. It needs open water to drink and bathe in.