Pictures Of Pigeons and Doves: 26 Different Breeds

While the vast majority of pigeons and doves look like your typical grey feral pigeon there is a huge amount of color and diversity within the pigeon species.

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Below we have included some of our favorite pictures of all different types of pigeons, many of which you may never have heard of before.

If you just want to see pictures of standard-looking feral pigeons then feel free to skip to the bottom to see some there!

1. Pictures Of The Common Wood Pigeon

Wood pigeons are considered by many to be agricultural pests due to overpopulation, however they are incredibly intelligent and attractive birds.

2. Pictures Of Victoria Crowned Pigeons

The largest species of pigeon, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon is one of four types of pigeons that are ground-dwelling.

It is named after Queen Victoria, likely due to its elegant plumage and bright colors.

3. Pictures Of Pink Necked Green Pigeons

The pink-necked green pigeon, also known as the rainbow pigeon, is said to be one of the most beautiful birds in the world, an incredibly impressive feat for a humble pigeon!

4. Pictures Of Barb Pigeons

Hailing from the United Kingdom, the unusual-looking Barb pigeon is a type of domestic fancy pigeon, the result of many years of selective breeding.

5. Pictures Of Fantail Pigeons

The Indian Fantail Pigeon is a breed of fancy pigeon that was created through careful selective breeding and is a member of the fantail pigeon group.

Indian fantails differ from American fantails, as they are larger and have crests and feathered feet. 

6. Pictures Of Spinifex Pigeons

Spinifex pigeons are unique birds, native to Australia, that have special wings that take a mohawk-like shape, which allows them to make a loud whistling sound.

7. Pictures Of Nicobar Pigeons

The stunning Nicobar Pigeon is the closest living relative of the dodo.

8. Pictures Of Mourning Doves

The Mourning dove, scientifically named the Zenaida macroura, is known by various names in the USA and UK.

Formerly known as the Carolina Pigeon and Carolina Turtledove, today it is known as the Mourning dove, American Mourning Dove, Turtle Dove and Rain Dove.

In the USA, Mourning Dove is most commonly used and in the UK, Turtle Dove. 

The mourning dove is one of the most widespread and abundant birds in all of North America. 

9. Pictures Of Chinese Owl Pigeons

The Chinese Owl Pigeon is also known as the Whiskered Owl Pigeon, and is used for exhibitions, as ornamental birds, and they are sometimes taken in as pets.

They live for between seven and ten years and have a fairly uncommon appearance.

The Chinese Owl Pigeon is considered small, and they have a pretty good climate tolerance for higher and lower temperatures.

10. Pictures Of Ice Pigeons

The Ice Pigeon is a fancy pigeon, developed over many years through selective breeding.

It is a domestic pigeon that has pale bluish lavender color, and was first classified in the 19th century.

11. Pictures Of Jacobin Pigeons

The Jacobin Pigeon is best known for the feathered hood it displays over its head that breaks down into three parts called the hood, the mane and the chain.

12. Pictures Of Frillback Pigeons

The Frillback is an ancient breed and is known to have been among the pigeons kept by Charles Darwin.

Their precise origin is unknown, but the most accepted theory is that they come from the ancient region of Asia Minor (also known as Anatolia, today this corresponds to an area covering Turkey, Greece, Kurdistan, Armenia and what is known as Assyria – parts of northern Iran, Iraq and Syria).

13. Pictures Of Tiger Swallow Pigeons

The Tiger Swallow Pigeon AKA the Bohemian Fairy Swallow, originated in Bohemia in Eastern Europe, an area which today is in the Czech Republic.

14. Pictures Of Tippler Pigeons

Tippler pigeons are bred for their strong flying skills and their ability to stay airborne for long periods of time, up to 20 hours!

15. Pictures Of Antwerp Smerle Pigeons

The Antwerp Smerle was one of the main pigeons that was used to breed the common homing pigeon.

Known for their distinctive color patterns and fancy beaks, they are a fancy pigeon, highly domesticated, and have slightly above average intelligence when compared to other pigeons.

16. Pictures Of Keruru (New Zealand) Pigeons

The Kererū (spelled kererū) is one of the most popular pigeons in New Zealand.

They’re well known for eating rotten fruits, becoming too intoxicated to function, and falling from trees.

This has rightfully earned them the reputation as the drunkest bird in New Zealand!

17. Pictures Of Pale Vented Pigeons

Pale-vented pigeons are large, arboreal birds that live in the wild on tall trees in the tropical Americas.

18. Pictures Of Bare Eyed Pigeons

Bare Eyed pigeons are common in South America, and they can often be mistaken for White-winged doves. However, several differences set them apart. 

19. Pictures Of Bronzewing Pigeons

The common bronzewing pigeon is a medium-sized, heavily built pigeon. It is a sturdy bird adaptable to most environments.

This pigeon breed is native to Australia but has some dedicated fanciers and breeders in the UK, USA and Europe.

20. Pictures Of Old Dutch Cappuchine Pigeons

The Old Dutch Capuchine pigeon is a breed of fancy pigeon known for its distinctive head crest and hood.  It is kept for ornamental and exhibition purposes and makes a good pet.

21. Pictures Of Indian Gola Pigeons

The Indian Gola pigeon is a type of small domestic breed of homing pigeon known for its strength, endurance and flying ability.

22. Pictures Of Dewlap Pigeons

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Originating from the Middle East, the Dewlap pigeon is so-called because of their most distinguishing feature – the dewlap that extends from the underneath of their beaks to their throats.

23. Pictures Of Pink Pigeons

The pink pigeon is a bird endemic to the Mascarene islands of Mauritius, it is also known as the Nesoenas Mayeri.

Being endemic means that the species is native to and exists solely on this small island off the east coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, as well as a small number on the predator-free island of Isle aux Aigrettes nearby.

24. Picture Of Giant Runt Pigeons

The American Giant Runt pigeon is one of the largest and oldest domestic pigeon breeds, and its reputation for great squab production is something that sets it apart from others of its species.

25. Pictures Of Lahore Pigeons

The Lahore pigeon originated in Lahore, Pakistan.

It became popular in the Shiraz area of Iran and in the late 1800s, the pigeon made its way to Germany and became a popular choice among pigeon enthusiasts in the 1960s.

26. Pictures Of Common Feral Pigeons

Feral pigeons are the most common types of pigeons in the world, they are those you see everywhere living in urban areas, like the city you live in.


Dan has been fascinated with pigeons since his youth when he used to feed them breadcrumbs at the local park. With a background in SEO Dan noticed a few years ago that there were very few websites around dedicated to his favorite bird so he set out to change that by starting Pigeonpedia.

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