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Eye of Sauron! Domestic rock pigeon!<br />
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Thanks for the ID help!<br />
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  1. I am really struggling with this one! Was this in the wild? perhaps it is a hybrid, or going through a molt?
    See if this helps you as you have seen it:
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. Same here. I figured, how hard can it be? Well, very hard. I did an image search on all known Indian pigeons and doves:


      I can't find a match that has the spotted head, not a single photo. Everything else (the grey, purple and green) make it look Wood Pigeon-like (or related species), so perhaps this is indeed just a morph.

      Update: I managed to find a photo of a dove with a speckled head:

      It's taken in the UK, and the photographer also suggests it comes from inter breeding.
      Posted 4 years ago
      1. Anyway, it is a breed of the domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica). Posted 4 years ago
        1. I agree with WildFlower on this one. It just seems to be a morph of a feral pigeon. Posted 4 years ago
        2. I do think so :) Posted 4 years ago
    2. Thank you Claire!
      I did go through the list on wiki but was difficult to find a match :(
      Posted 4 years ago
  2. Guys thanks for all your help in identifying the species. This image was shot near reserved forest area (near Baglur village) located at outskirts of North Bangalore.

    Really appreciate your efforts. I personally found it really hard to match with any dove series, but I would like to go with expert advice. Thanks fchristant for updating the species on behalf.

    Thanks Again!
    Posted 4 years ago

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The Domestic Pigeon was derived from the Rock Pigeon. The Rock Pigeon is the world's oldest domesticated bird. Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets mention the domestication of pigeons more than 5,000 years ago, as do Egyptian hieroglyphics.
Research suggests that domestication of pigeons was as early as ten thousand years ago. People who keep domestic pigeons are generally called pigeon fanciers. Domestic pigeons can often be distinguished from feral pigeons because they usually have a metal or.. more

Similar species: Pigeons And Doves
Species identified by fchristant
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Uploaded Feb 5, 2015. Captured Nov 16, 2014 13:08 in Chakkalatti Bus Stop, Dasanayakanahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562149, India.
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