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Band-Tailed Pigeon


This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

Latin Name

Columba fasciata

History at CuriOdyssey

One of the two pigeons had 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. The other pigeon became habituated to humans as a juvenile and transferred to CuriOdyssey in May 2019.

Fun Facts about Pigeons

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.

What do Pigeons eat?

In the wild, pigeon's diet includes nuts, seeds, berries, blossoms and insects; in the fall they gorge on acorns. At CuriOdyssey, they are served mealworms, pigeon seed.

How long do Pigeons live?

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

Where do Pigeons live?

Band tailed pigeons can be found in coniferous forests along the northwestern Pacific coast, oak woodlands in southern part of range. They 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.

Are Band-tailed Pigeons endangered?

No special wildlife conservation status.

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Your contribution helps provide my food, toys, and medical care. I’ll stay at the museum, and you’ll get a photo of me and a certificate as reminders of your generosity. Check out our adoption section and see all of our adoption levels.


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San Mateo, CA 94401

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