Order Columbiformes / Pigeons and Dodos

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Order Columbiformes

Order Columbiformes embraces both extinct and living species of pigeons (or doves), as well as the famous dodos. All birds in this order have many distinct features most of us can readily recognize.

Columbiformes Pronounciation

Order Columbiformes Characteristics

  • Columbiformes have a compact body.
  • Pigeons have relatively small heads and small necks.
  • These birds have broad wings with rounded ages.
  • Tails in doves are relatively small.
  • Most of the birds in the order have a typical form of flight with flapping wings.
  • Pigeons are known for feeding their young “bird milk” very similar to the milk of mammals.
  • The species of this order can be found almost everywhere and are well-adapted to an urban environment.

Columbiformes Species

Here are some examples of Columbiformes:

  • Laughing dove
  • Diamond dove
  • Passenger pigeon
  • Dodo
  • Raphus solitarius
  • Wood pigeon
  • Homing pigeon
  • Old World rock dove
  • Pheasant pigeon
  • Pink-necked green pigeon

Cite this article as: "Order Columbiformes / Pigeons and Dodos," in Bio Explorer by Jack Kirsten, June 6, 2019, https://www.bioexplorer.net/order-columbiformes/.

Key References

  • [1] – “Columbiform | bird | Britannica.com”. Accessed June 06, 2019. Link.
Order Columbiformes / Pigeons and Dodos
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