• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Rock Dove

(Columba livia)
 
Rock Dove
A Rock Dove scratches for food near Crissy Marsh.
Will Elder, NPS
 

Natural History: The Rock Dove is an introduced species. It is also commonly known as the domestic pigeon. This bird eats waste, scraps, and seeds. It breeds from March to September.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in Eucalyptus Forests, on buildings, lawns, and roads. It breeds in the Presidio.

Frequency: This species is common all year.

Identifying Characteristics: The Rock Dove is gray with a white rump, two black bands on the secondary feathers, and a dark band on its tail.

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Did You Know?

Refugees in line for supplies, 1906

In the three days following the 1906 earthquake, the Army's refugee camps at the Presidio issued 3,000 tents, 12,000 shelter halves, 13,000 ponchos, 58,000 pairs of shoes, and 24,000 regulation blue shirts.