Rock DoveScientific name: Columba livia

Meaning of name: The meaning of Columba livia is not known.

Distribution: An introduced species, it can be found across Australia but is more common around populated areas. The Rock dove can now be found on every continent except Antarctica.

Description: Up to 34cm long with a 70cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 481km. The oldest bird recorded was recovered 6 years 2.7 months after being banded (information as at 15 June 2012).

References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html