Dove and Pigeon

David W Walker Dave at
Wed Jun 26 12:06:05 EST 1996

In article <31D07F4B.1266 at>, Vince Nguyen
<Cba0101 at> writes
>Can any body tell me what is the difference between a dove and a pigeon.

Not an expert, but quoting Encyclopaedia Britannica (15th Ed)  'the
names pigeon and dove are synonymous and imply no biological
distinction'. 'Although dove usually refers to the smaller long-tailed
members of the pigeon family, there are exceptions...'.

The rock dove (Latin name Columba livia) has a distinct plumage and is
the ancestor of the domestic pigeon which comes in a wide variety of
forms (Latin name of latter also Columba livia since the same species). 

Hope this helps!

Dave Walker
 David W Walker    EMail dave at

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