01 August 2007

Woodpigeons in Antwerp

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Woodpigeons (Columba palumbus) were quite common around the Campus Groenenborger of the University of Antwerp in Belgium where the World Congress of Malacology took place 2 weeks ago. I figured they were some sort of pigeon when I first noticed them, but had no idea what exactly they were until my friend Ümit identified them for me. They are noticeably larger than the ordinary pigeons (Columba livia) and distinguished from them also by the white patches on their necks and wings.

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Although they are supposed to be "wood" pigeons, they obviously don't mind living in sparsely wooded urban parks and even in university parking lots.

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1 comment:

Michael Hölling said...

Hello Aydin!
Years ago the wood pigeons were rare forest inhabitants (just like the black thrushes). Actually, the german name "Ringeltaube" is still used as a metaphor for an exceptionally good buy. But, again like the thrushes, they adapted well to the urban park landscape. So, they are one of the species that took advantage of man-made changes (there is no more pristine biotope left in Germany as well as in Belgium). While mapping the birds in Dortmund, the sixth largest city in Germany, we found 115 species breeding here.
Greetings
Michael