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Local animals in this group:

doves and pigeons


All members of the dove and pigeon order belong to the same family. There are approximately 310 species of pigeons and doves. They are found all around the world, including many oceanic islands. You can recognize pigeons and doves by their small bills with bare skin at the base and a little bulge at the tip. They also have small heads on plump bodies with soft feathers. Pigeon parents feed their young a special milk made in their crops (part of their digestive system). Pigeons on city streets are also called Rock Doves .



uses sound to communicate

bilateral symmetry

having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends.


uses smells or other chemicals to communicate


animals that generate their own body heat through metabolic processes.


offspring are produced in more than one group (litters, clutches, etc.) and across multiple seasons (or other periods hospitable to reproduction). Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons (or periodic condition changes).


having the capacity to move from one place to another.


reproduction in which eggs are released by the female; development of offspring occurs outside the mother's body.


reproduction that includes combining the genetic contribution of two individuals, a male and a female


uses touch to communicate


uses sight to communicate

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