The birds you're most likely to see while strolling around a city are pigeons. In the wild, they typically eat grains and seeds, but in New York City, you might see them eating discarded popcorn, French fries — just about anything dropped by careless pedestrians.

Pigeons have round bodies, short necks, and small beaks. These common birds are related to doves. Their feathers are mostly gray, but if you look closely at a pigeon you'll notice shades of green, blue, and white. The distinction between pigeons and doves is vague — often, the word dove simply means an all-white pigeon, though sometimes it refers to a smaller variety of bird. Pigeon is French, from a Latin root, pipio, "young, chirping bird."

Definitions of pigeon

n wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs

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pouter, pouter pigeon
one of a breed of pigeon that enlarge their crop until their breast is puffed out
any of numerous small pigeons
Columba livia, rock dove, rock pigeon
pale grey Eurasian pigeon having black-striped wings from which most domestic species are descended
Columba fasciata, band-tail pigeon, band-tailed pigeon, bandtail
wild pigeon of western North America; often mistaken for the now extinct passenger pigeon
Columba palumbus, cushat, ringdove, wood pigeon
Eurasian pigeon with white patches on wings and neck
domestic pigeon
domesticated pigeon raised for sport or food
an unfledged pigeon
Ectopistes migratorius, passenger pigeon
gregarious North American migratory pigeon now extinct
any of several Old World wild doves
Australian turtledove, Stictopelia cuneata, turtledove
small Australian dove
Zenaidura macroura, mourning dove
wild dove of the United States having a mournful call
fairy swallow
fancy domestic pigeon having blue-and-white plumage and heavily muffed feet
roller, tumbler, tumbler pigeon
pigeon that executes backward somersaults in flight or on the ground
homer, homing pigeon
pigeon trained to return home
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columbiform bird
a cosmopolitan order of land birds having small heads and short legs with four unwebbed toes

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