Wood Pigeon - Columba palumbus


The UK's largest and commonest pigeon, it is largely grey with a white neck patch and white wing patches, clearly visible in flight. The juvenile lacks the white neck patch. Although shy in the countryside it can be tame and approachable in towns and cities. Its cooing call is a familiar sound in woodlands as is the loud clatter of its wings when it flies away.

Identification difficulty

Found across the UK in fields and woods, and also in towns and cities where they frequent parks and gardens.

When to see it

All year round

Life History

Most of its diet is taken from open fields, gardens and lawns with young shoots and seedlings favoured. It will also take grain, as well as certain fruits and berries. This species can be an agricultural pest and it is often shot. It breeds in trees in woods, parks and gardens, laying two white eggs in a simple stick nest.

UK Status

Widespread and common in Britain

VC55 Status

An abundant breeding bird in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Wood Pidgeon, Common Wood Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Wood Pigeon
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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
14/07/1995 (Ian Retson)
Last record:
23/02/2024 (Smith, Peter)

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