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Common woodpigeon

Columba palumbus

Description:
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.

Habitat:
Living in woods, parks and gardens, even in city centres, the woodpigeon can be found throughout Europe, except the far north.

Habits:
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.

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