Birds that visit our gardens and school grounds

Each week we will be featuring a bird that frequently visits our school grounds and gardens. This week our chosen bird is The Wood Pigeon.

The Woodpigeon is the largest Pigeon in the British Isles. The Wood Pigeon is grey with a pinkish breast and green, white and purple patches on its neck. Juvenile Wood Pigeons are brown and do not have the white patch on the neck.

The Wood Pigeon’s nest is a platform made from twigs and built by both sexes in a tree or on a building. The female Wood Pigeon can have up to 3 clutches of eggs a year. Each clutch will contain 2 eggs that are white in colour. Eggs hatch after 16 to 17 days and the young fledge and leave the nest when they can fly after 29 to 25 days.

Wood Pigeon facts

Distribution: Wood Pigeons live all year round in all parts of Britain.

Habitat: Wood Pigeons nest and breed in trees in woods, parks and gardens.

Description: It is largely grey with a white neck patch and white wing patches.

Size: Length: 40-42 cm. Wingspan: 75-80 cm. Weight: 450-550 grams.

Life-span: A Wood Pigeon can live for up to 3 years.

Food: Seeds, leaves, fruit, buds and crops

To download your own copy of our two fabulous Wood Pigeon facts sheets. Just click on the thumbnail images below! 


Adult Wood Pigeon (Top Right)    Wood Pigeon nest (Bottom Left)