Band-Tailed Pigeon

Patagioenas fasciata

Photo Credit: Alan Sparkman

Audio Credit: Amanda Sparkman

Band-tailed pigeons are probably one of the most widespread birds on campus, but their tendency to perch in the highest trees makes them perhaps less noticeable than their mourning dove cousins. Once you start looking for them, however, you can easily see them perched imposingly in pines or oaks, or flapping high in the sky, almost always in groups.

 

Listen for their distinctive whit-woo song, repeated over and over in a mellow, dove-like voice (and note that this particular recording has a quail also singing in the background).