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Pigeons and Doves Columbidae (6)

(Banner Photo: Woodpigeon (above) and Collared Dove (below) by Jim Wilson)

Rock Dove Columba livia
Common throughout as Feral Pigeon. Summer Distribution Winter Distribution

Genuinely wild stock, if it still exists, is confined principally to headlands and islands of the south-west, with small populations at cliff sites in south and east of the county.

Stock Dove Columba oenas
Widespread resident. Summer Distribution Winter Distribution

Generally not numerous anywhere, although winter flocks are not uncommon.

Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
Common breeding resident. Summer Distribution Winter Distribution

Numerous records at headlands and islands in autumn may indicate that the winter population is increased by immigrants.

Collared Dove Streptopelia decaoto
Common breeding resident, probably supplemented by passage migrants / winter visitors as evidenced by records at headlands and islands in spring and autumn. These records may however refer to birds moving locally.
Summer Distribution 1968-72 Summer Distribution 2008-11 Winter Distribution 2008-11

Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
Scarce passage migrant, with records evenly split between spring and autumn.

Distribution: a widespread summer visitor to much of Europe, which accounts
for less than half of its global breeding range. Has breed in Ireland on very rare occasional, not currently breeding here. (Birdlife Internatinational)

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Rare Vagrant.
One county record upto the end of 2013.

2009 One at Garinish Point on the 25th October 2009, first county and second Irish record.

Distribution: Resident across most of North America, migratory in the very north. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)