We are probably in danger of repeating ourselves with this bird, but it is an ID conundrum worth reiterating. It is obviously a pigeon or dove, if you like, as the terms are interchangeable. And it is a largely grey one, at that, so narrowing it down to three species: Woodpigeon, Stock Dove and Feral Pigeon (aka Rock Dove). The latter are very variable, but nearly always show transverse wingbars and never have pinkish bills. Stock Doves also have (shorter) black wing-bars but have white-tipped reddish bills. Woodpigeons, have pale eyes and pinkish bills like this bird, but have white neck patches. Except juvenile Woodpigeons lack the white patches. This is a juvenile Woodpigeon. Don’t let anyone tell you that you never see baby pigeons!
KEY FEATURES Small head and fat body is typical of a dove or pigeon Nearly all grey (with pinkish bits) No wing-bars Pale eye and pinkish bill are diagnostic
Classic pigeon shape Unmarked wing. No wing-bars Pale eye and pinkish bill