Patagioenas Fasciata

Dave sent a few pictures to me. The one on the left is a picture of a banded tail pigeon.

“The Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) is similar to the familiar Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), but has a faster, more direct flight, white crescent on the back of the head, and a dark tail with a grey terminal band. The species is listed as Special Concern under Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act. The Canadian breeding range is restricted to southern British Columbia, mainly on southern Vancouver Island and along the mainland coast.”

The one on the right was taken from his deck just the other day. It looks to me like its doppelganger, and guess what? Primary threats to the Band-tailed Pigeon include forestry practices, urban and industrial development and climate change.

If you see a pattern developing, you are correct. Although we can all have our personal opinions about this particular kind of bird, it is another valuable member of the eco-system of this place, As species disappear, we might shrug and say, “It’s just a pigeon.”, “It’s just a lamprey.” “It’s just an arbutus.”

I hope we all stop and think about where this all could end.

We have an obligation to restore our valley to the abundance that was once here. We neglect this responsibility at our own peril.

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