|Scientific Name:||Columba livia|
|Habitat:||Cities, farms, cliffs, and bridges|
|Adult Body Length:||11 - 13 inches|
|Broods Per Year:||4-5|
|Foods:||Seeds, grain, fruits and insects|
Commonly referred to as the pigeon, the rock dove has been domesticated for thousands of years. They have adapted to human environments and have become nuisance animals.
European immigrants introduced the rock dove to America. It is unsure the exact year the rock dove came to Ohio. They became wild after escaping or being released from captivity. They were in most large cities in the nineteenth-century.
By the 1930s, rock doves could be found throughout Ohio. They flock, sometimes by the hundreds, in both urban and rural areas. Although some cities and towns have population control programs, rock dove numbers have increased since 1965.
- Peterjohn, John. The Birds of Ohio; Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN; 1989.