13 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. It has several colours that vary from grey to light brown. Some individuals are entirely white.
Category: Introduced Birds
Introduced, this species widely colonized the Society Islands. Present in the Marquesas on Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka and Tahuata. Is also visible in Tubuai, Rurutu, Rimatara (Austral) and Gambier.
Nests in urban areas in the Society Islands. In the Marquesas, it progressively colonizes valleys. It is a gregarious species. Individuals move in large numbers.
The male alone emits a cooing repeated several times like « crou-crou… ».
To listen the Rock Dove:
A wide variety of seeds, sprouts, vegetables, fallen fruit and occasionally insects.
All along the year. The nest is made of intertwined twigs. Two white eggs are incubated by both sexes for about 18 days. The young leave the nest at the age of 30 to 35 days.
Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.
Scientifique Name: Columba livia Gmelin, 1789
U’u airo (Tahiti), piho (Marquises)
Introduced species that is spreading around the world. Mainland in France, it is now nicknamed the “flying rats”. It causes extensive damage in towns with its excrement and transmits a life-threatening zoonosis to humans. In French Polynesia, it could convey diseases from one island to another and contaminate some populations of endemic Doves, causing their disappearance. The polynesian fruit-doves are so beautiful and original, why raise this grey pigeon if they are so dangerous?