[Tagging] clubb= dove or pigeons or pigeon_fanciers or pigeon_racing or pigeon_fancying

Jerry Clough Sk53_osm at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Apr 5 13:24:35 UTC 2021

The dove/pigeon split is not  directly related to species, although I 
suspect that you are right in that smaller members of the family are 
more likely to be referred to as doves. The common Feral Pigeon (from 
which racing pigeons & other fancy breeds (e.g., fantails) derive) is 
considered part of the species /Columba livia/. The truly wild 
representatives of the same species (found in a few places in W. Britain 
& Ireland) are called Rock Doves. Stock Doves can be hard to distinguish 
from Wood Pigeons when the latter's white neck patch is not visible, 
although the former are slightly smaller.

Agree with other comments regarding terminology (pigeon_loft for racing 
birds, dovecote otherwise - and much of the usage will relate to 
historical structures.)


On 05/04/2021 13:57, Paul Allen wrote:
> On Mon, 5 Apr 2021 at 12:36, Marc_marc <marc_marc at mailo.com 
> <mailto:marc_marc at mailo.com>> wrote:
>     After translation, all these terms mean the same thing to me:
>     dealing with captive pigeons.
> Dove refers to the smaller species, although it is not used consistently.
> As far as I know, the racing/homing species are referred to as
> pigeons, not doves.  Some people put wooden boxes in their
> gardens for wild pigeons/doves to roost in and these are
> called dovecotes no matter what species roost there.
> According to the Royal Pigeon Racing Association, the clubs
> seem to be called "pigeon clubs."
> http://www.pigeonracinguk.co.uk/how-to-get-started/
> -- 
> Paul
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