Animals

Band-Tailed Pigeon

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Band-Tailed Pigeon

Columba fasciata

History

One of the pigeons crashed into a window and has a hip injury. As a result it walks with a limp and has limited flight. It has been at CuriOdyssey since 2007.

Birth Date

Unknown.

Fun Facts

Pigeons and doves also produce food for their young that is unique from other types of birds. “Pigeon’s Milk” is a milky substance produced in the bird’s crop (food-storage pouch which is the first stage in the bird’s digestive tract). During the first few weeks of the nestling’s life, the parents’ crops produce a thick, milky substance made of protein and fat. Gradually, the parents add solid foods, softened by the milk, until their young are ready for solids.

Diet in the Wild

Nuts, seeds, berries, blossoms and insects; in the fall they gorge on acorns.

Diet at the Museum

Mealworms, pigeon seed.

Life Span

In the Wild: 4-8 years.
In Captivity: up to 15 years.

Habitat

Coniferous forests along the northwestern Pacific coast, oak woodlands in southern part of range.

Range

From southern British Columbia to Baja California in and near coastal forests and hills. In mountain chains from Utah and Colorado through Mexico to Central America.

Conservation Status:

No special status.