A wild bird which has become an abundant species and as a result is often seen as a pest, the Wood Pigeon is the largest species of pigeon in Britain. They have a population estimated at around 2.5 million pairs in the UK.
It takes 17 days for the eggs to hacth and then another 30-34 days for the chick to leave the nest. It then takes around 16 weeks for the young chicks to acquire the distinctive white ring neck.
Wood Pigeons 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 which 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 Wood Pigeons 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 Wood Pigeon.
Wood Pigeons 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 Wood Pigeons from ransacking your garden. Woods Pigeons are easy to satisfy, any wild bird food they will be more than happy to devour.