A wild bird that is often seen as a pest, the woodpigeon is the largest species of pigeon in Britain.
Woodpigeons are very easy to identify and are also very well known. They have a distinctive blue-grey plumage with a hue of pink on the chest that
fades as it gets lower on the body. Their wings and tail have dark grey-black tips that stand out when stationary and during flight. Adult woodpigeons have an obvious white patch on their neck which is not usually seen in juveniles, they also have a white wing-bar that is seen in all ages of woodpigeon.
Woodpigeons will happily make short work of any bird food that is left out on the ground or on bird tables. They have also been known to deliberately knock hanging feeders whilst in flight, spilling the contents onto the floor. This voracious appetite is what tends to make pigeons an unwanted guest in many gardens. Utilising a ground feeder haven or caged bird feeder is usually a good way to prevent woodpigeons from ransacking your garden.