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STOCK DOVE

This lovely, sub­tle pi­geon is widely dis­trib­uted and com­mon though of­ten over­looked. It is not to be mis­taken for the some­what sim­i­lar Feral Pi­geon or its Rock Dove an­ces­tor. Nei­ther is its name (the Stock part) re­lated to the keep­ing of the bird in cap­tiv­ity for food etc. These are wild, un­al­tered, un­do­mes­ti­cated doves. Stock in the sense of Stock Dove comes from the Old English word ‘stocc’ mean­ing a stump or post or a tree trunk. Stock Doves nest in hol­lows in trees, hence the name.

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