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Local animals in this group:

doves and pigeons

Columbiformes

There are approximately 310 species of doves and pigeons . 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 (a part of their digestive system). The extinct Dodo was a member of this group.

 
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. "Columbiformes" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed October 21, 2017 at http://www.biokids.umich.edu/accounts/Columbiformes/

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