WHAT’S IN A NAME?
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.