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Pigeon, common name for members of a family of birds; smaller species are commonly known as doves, but sizes of pigeons and doves overlap. The birds, almost worldwide in distribution, are most abundant in warm regions.

Pigeons have small heads, short necks, stout bodies with short legs, and sleek plumage and have a fleshy or waxy protuberance, the cere, at the base of the bill. They dwell in trees or on the ground and feed on seeds, fruit, acorns and other nuts, and insects. Pigeons fly rapidly and are noted for their cooing call. They build loose, almost flat, nests of twigs, bark, straw, and weeds; the female lays one or two tan or white eggs.