Stock Dove (Columba oenas)

 Stock Dove (Columba oenas) at Marais de Sionnet, Switzerland. May 2016. Not baited. Not called in.

Stock Dove (Columba oenas) at Marais de Sionnet, Switzerland. May 2016. Not baited. Not called in.

Very similar to the Rock Dove, the Stock Dove (Columba oenas) has a distinctive black eye.

It is much more rare in Geneva area, which makes every sighting pretty special. In the same period 2008-2012, Vogelwarte has estimated the population of Stock Doves being about 1500-2500 couples in Switzerland, compared to 20000-40000 couples of Rock Doves.

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