Rock Dove or Pigeon
Columba livia

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Physical Characteristics
  • Dark bill
  • Dark gray head, neck and upper breast
  • Green and purple iridescence on neck
  • Pale gray back, wings and belly
  • Two dark bars on wings
  • White rump


Wild rock doves nest in crevices along rocky seaside cliffs, close to agriculture or open shrub vegetation. Feral pigeons live in old farm buildings in rural areas. In cities, skyscrapers tend to take the place of their natural cliff surroundings.


Abundant in Atlanta all year.  Often seen in city parks.