The Wood Pigeon, also called Common Wood Pigeon to distinguish from non-European pigeons, is a large pigeon, larger than the Feral Pigeon and Stock Dove. It has a blue-grey head and back, mid grey wings, a pinky-grey chest and the adult has a distinguishing white half-collar on the neck; some iridescent green is also sometimes visible on the neck, especially of breeding males.
A common bird, the Wood Pigeon can be an agricultural pest due to its voracious appetite.
The subtle colours vary with the bird, the season, the perspective and the light.
Wood Pigeons do not migrate and are out in all weather.
The juvenile Wood Pigeon, called a Squab, does not have the white collar topped with green and is slightly browner.
More Wood Pigeon squabs