Can anyone identify this visitor to my garden.  To begin with I thought it a stock dove but it is grey all over with a dark beak and legs.  It does graze on seed heads and seeds from under the bird table.  Could it just be a melanistic stock dove but it also seems to have a slightly down-curved beak?  It is very unconcerned and stays around all day even with the comings and going of dogs, cats and people.

  • Can't really help but, as you say, it looks like a dark-coloured stock dove pigeon like bird - I don't think the beak is anything to worry about though.
  • it might be a feral pigeon.
    You get some completely white ones and almost black feral pigeons there is a very wide colour range for them.
  • Lapwing could be right about it being a feral pigeon but usually they show dark wing bars and they do not seem to show here but it is probably the best bet


    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can