Rock Dove

Irish Name: Colm aille
Scientific name: Columba livia
Bird Family: Pigeons & Doves
Conservation status


Resident. Wild Rock doves are restricted to remote areas of Counties Mayo, Galway, Kerry and Cork.


A typical small pigeon, which can appear identical to Feral Pigeons seen in and around towns. Adult birds have a lead grey head, neck and underparts. There is a small white patch just above the rump, while the wings are pale grey with broad black stripe on the primaries and the secondaries. The tail also has a thick black band on the tail. Juveniles are nearly identical to adults, but lack the colourful neck patch.


As for Feral Pigeon, a soft "druuuu".


Cereal grain, seeds and fruits of herbs and grasses, sometimes green parts and invertebrates.


Breeds in remote aeas, usually on cliffs near the sea. Very shy and difficult to observe.


As far as is known, Rock Doves are resident within their breeding territories. Young birds most likely disperse to new areas.

Monitored by

Countryside Bird Survey.

Similar Species

Stock Dove

Irish Name:
Colm gorm
Scientific name:
Columba oenas
Bird Family:
Pigeons & Doves


Irish Name:
Colm coille
Scientific name:
Columba palumbus
Bird Family:
Pigeons & Doves