WHAT IS THE DOVE?
There are over 300 different species
of doves which inhabit nearly every corner of the
world. Doves are often called pigeons or visa versa.
In fact there is no real defined division between
the two in the wild. Perhaps the most common difference
(if there is one) is that the larger birds are often
called pigeons and the smaller are called doves.
In the domestic world of doves and pigeons, the
term "domestic pigeon" is given to all of the many
genetically selected breeds of birds which descend
from the Rock Dove. These are actually related to
the common pigeons you see in your city picking
up bread crumbs and pebbles.