Update

Related Content

Related Overviews

 

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Science and technology
  • Life Sciences

GO

Show Summary Details

Overview

Columba livia


Quick Reference

The domesticated pigeon. In nature the species is called the rock dove. Its haploid chromosome number is 40, and its C value is 1.46 pg of DNA. Charles Darwin bred pigeons, and in his Origin of Species described the numerous variations that had been selected by pigeon fanciers. There are currently at least 200 breeds, including those selected for homing and racing. See Classification, Aves, Columbiformes.


Reference entries