The Wood Pigeon is a wild pigeon that can be found mostly in colder climates such as Northern Europe and within the Asiatic Range. While its colouring may somewhat resemble the more familiar “park pigeon” a closer look will provide the evidence that this is a different breed of pigeon altogether. It is devoid of the rainbow strip around the neck and has a slightly different body structure that is most evident in the face.
Nesting is an uncomplicated process for the Wood Pigeon. While the mating dance is interesting to watch, it isn’t particularly long or arduous but rather a display of prancing and feather fluffing. Nests are generally built in the available trees and are crafted simply but effectively with the use of sticks. When the squabs are born and their feathers fill in, the greatest physical difference in their darker feather color and the darker beak. Wood Pigeons lighten over time and with maturity.
The Wood Pigeon takes off with a great deal of noise that can be detected and recognized by bird watchers. The noise comes from the bird’s effort at quick and efficient elevation as they snap their wings downward. Many people mistake this noise for the pigeon’s wings smacking each other. In areas where the Wood Pigeon is considered a native, their presence is not only tolerated, but welcome. They are not regarded with the same public attitude of Stool Pigeons that the city dwellers in the United States are likely to face.