Woodpigeons in Ireland
woodpigeon is one of Ireland's top 20 most widespread garden birds.
It is the largest and most common Irish pigeon. Woodpigeons are
mostly grey with a white neck patch and white wing patches that
are clearly visible in flight.
they are timid in the countryside it can be relatively tame and
approachable in urban areas. It's cooing call is a familiar sound
in wooded areas as is the loud clatter of it's wings as it flies
Name for Woodpigeon
Irish term for woodpigeon is Colm coille.
other members of the pigeon family Woodpigeons mainly feed on plant
material, green leaves, seeds, berries, buds, flowers, and grain
and root crops. The will also take food from bird tables in domestic
pigeons also drink a lot as they don't get adequate amounts of moisture
from their food. Other birds that eat earthworms etc. extract moisture
from the bodies of their prey. Woodpigeons can't do this.
fascinating aspect about how they drink is that they use their beak
in a manner similar to using a straw. Other birds scoop the water
up and throw their heads back to let it flow down their throats.
breeder throughout Ireland and it is only in the higher regions
and mountains that they are absent. As it's name suggests it was
originally a woodland bird however it is now found in parks and
are very adaptable and they have been recorded breeding in heather
and bushes in the windswept areas of the West of Ireland.
Woodpigeon's nest is a platform made from twigs and built by both
sexes most usually in a tree or on a building. The white elliptical
eggs are smooth and glossy, and about 41mm X 29m in size. Both parents
share the duty of incubating the eggs and feeding the nestlings.
Facts About Woodpigeons
don't feed their young insects or other invertebrates. Instead they
feed their chicks a type of milk formed from sloughing off
fluid-filled cells in their crop lining. Woodpigeon milk
is more nutritious than human or cow's milk.