Cowart's Common Room
Wood Pigeons

I was thinking of City Pigeons when I said we didn't get them, then WW mentioned Wood Pigeons and duh, yes we do get them in the area but not at our property. We often are treated to the sight of one or two lumbering around the trees when we go on our favourite walk. They are massive - you can see from the pic with the man. They are a protected species and you aren't allowed to harm (or eat) them. They are often quite tipsy on fermented berries! Their proper name is Hemiphaga Novaeseelandiae and they are different genus to your wood pigeon which is probably Columba Palumbus.Uploaded Image

Posted at 24th Aug 2012 - 08:39PM   Posted by Cowgirl   Wood Pigeons Comments: 7

Faith's Avatar Gosh they are big aren't they - very striking birds!

Posted by: Faith on 24th Aug 2012 at 10:14PM

Camilla's Avatar Wow, they are big Wood Pigeons Cowgirl.! also they have green on their wings and around their neck area. Ours here are mainly grey and white with touch of black.

Posted by: Camilla on 24th Aug 2012 at 11:59PM

Cowgirl's Avatar Yes - you can see why the Maori ate them - be like having a nice roast chicken! They are gorgeous birds - one of our finest natives. The wing area is a lovely irridiscent purple too... just right for featuring on our site!

Posted by: Cowgirl on 25th Aug 2012 at 12:47AM

Blackbird's Avatar Wow!Very Happy

Posted by: Blackbird on 25th Aug 2012 at 05:26AM

CalicoKate's Avatar How on earth do they fly! They look very heavy!

Posted by: CalicoKate on 25th Aug 2012 at 09:42AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar They're huge, no wonder they were eaten!
You would need a few of ours to make a meal I think.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 25th Aug 2012 at 10:10AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Cerikey . . . but think they are lovely too . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 25th Aug 2012 at 06:03PM

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