BAND-TAILED PIGEON (Columba fasciata)
The Band-tailed Pigeon lives in Central and South America, with two distinct breeding populations in the United States. Although the breeding populations are separate, the Pigeons do cross over into one another’s territory; one Pigeon who was banded in Oregon was found well outside of its normal range in Florida a year later. It is common for these birds to travel far from their nests to forage for food, a study done in Oregon found that the average distance a Band-tailed Pigeon flew from their nest to hunt was 5km (3.1mi). The Band-tailed Pigeon is one of the largest pigeons, with a dark body, white color on the nape, light grey at the tip of the tail and yellow feet.