Wild Harris

Rock Dove

Rock Dove 3 CReddick.jpgRock Dove    (Photo: Cliff Reddick)

The rock dove is the ancestor of the familiar pigeon that lives in towns and cities. The wild bird lives on sea cliffs, usually where there are caves. They feed on seeds on the machair and then fly back to their nests on the sea cliffs.

The nests are usually on ledges in caves, and there are two eggs in the nest built of grasses and seaweed. Young pigeons are fed on a liquid called ‘crop milk’ which forms in the crop of the parents, and the young chicks get by reaching into the mouth of the parent bird.

by Alison Tyler