The Band-tailed Pigeon is
primarily a bird of the West Coast and the Southwest U.S., and are only
accidental visitors to South Dakota. Unlike other pigeons and doves, they feel
quite comfortable in trees, and can often be found clambering around a tree for
nuts and berries. Band-tailed Pigeons were nearly hunted to extinction,
but have rebounded and are still expanding in population and range.
Habitat: Prefers semi-open habitats such
as open woodlands. Can also be found in riparian areas in desert areas,
and is increasingly found in residential areas.
Diet: Primarily nuts, seeds,
fruits, and berries. Has a strong preference for acorns if
available. They will also feed on flowers, leaves and buds, and
Behavior: Sociable birds, usually found in flocks,
including nesting seasons when they are most often found in small colonies.
They will forage on the ground as well as in trees.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Song: An owl-like hooting.
Migration: Many populations along California coast are permanent populations. Other
populations in the southwestern U.S. and along the Northwest coast are only
present in summer.
Conservation Status: Was hunted nearly to extinction by the
1900's. They have recovered, thanks to hunting restrictions.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Band-tailed Pigeon"
eNature.com: Band-tailed Pigeon
Photo Information: April 18th, 2003 -- Lafayette,
California -- Frank