Band-tailed Pigeon

photo by Phil Swanson

Columba fasciata
L 14 1/2″ (37 cm).

Song or calls:
Low, owl-like “whoo-whoo.”

Description: Sexes similar.
Dark gray above; purplish head and breast; yellow bill with black tip; tail with pale gray terminal band; and yellow legs. Adults told from juveniles by narrow white semi-collar at nape.

Habitat: Low-altitude and high-altitude coniferous forests, oak or oak-conifer woodlands, and increasingly in suburban gardens and parks.

Where in Nebraska: Accidental. Observed in Morrill County (October 1996) and Saunders County (February-March 2008).

Field Notes: Flocks of Band-tailed Pigeons are distinguished from Rock Doves by their uniform flocks.

Band-tailed Pigeon - photo by Phil Swanson
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