Birds to look for in October — Wood Pigeon

Wood Pigeon
Photo credit: Paul Green

Where to look

They are found throughout the country, except for the far north of Scotland, in both towns and countryside.


The woodpigeon (Columba palumbus) is the UK’s largest and most common pigeon.  Some people view them as a pest because they feed on crops like cabbages, sprouts, peas, grain, buds, shoots, seeds, nuts and berries. Both males and females have a mauve pink breast with splashes of turquoise and white with glossy green/purple necks, but females are slightly thinner and paler than males. Although they look like they have big tummies, woodpigeon’s bulk is all in its feathers which weigh more than its skeleton! Their song is a familiar sound and has been described by the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) as sounding like 'my toe bleeds, Betty', 'take two cows, Taffy', or 'a proud Wood-pig-eon'. Why don’t you come up with your own rhymes?

Tweet of the Day
To hear the woodpigeon’s song follow the link to the BBC’s Tweet of the Day

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Where we've found Wood Pigeons

Wood Pigeon spottings journal (7 seen)

Last seen Location Spotted by Group Notes
28 Mar 2023 Stroud Valleys Project
6 Apr 2022 Stroud Tamsin Stroud Valleys Project
17 Nov 2021 by the pond class 4 Foxmoor Primary
11 Oct 2021 Kenesham Kobi Foxmoor Primary
11 Oct 2021 Wales Effie Foxmoor Primary
15 Oct 2020 stroud Wickham Bassetts at Home
15 Jun 2020 Stroud Tamsin Stroud Valleys Project


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