British wildlife recordings

Columba palumbus : Woodpigeon - Columbidae

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:00:09

  • Shelf mark

    W1CDR0001376 BD6

  • Subjects

    Birds

  • Recording date

    1960s

  • Recording locations

    OS Grid Reference(303500,565500)

  • Recordist

    Shove, Lawrence

  • Species

    Woodpigeon, Columba palumbus

  • Description

    This is a recording of the soft cooing song of the wood pigeon. Despite popular opinion, the wood pigeon is the most common pigeon found in the British Isles. A large plump bird, easily distinguishable from its feral cousins due to its cleaner appearance, wood pigeons are almost completely grey with a white neck patch topped with metallic green and violet tones to the breast and pink legs. Both rural and urban, this bird is happy inhabiting farmland and woodland areas deep in the countryside or parks and gardens in our cities and towns. The most common call associated with the wood pigeon is the repetitive ‘coo coooo coo cu cu’ which can vary in strength and duration.

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