Common Wood Pigeons are quite large pigeons (41-45 cm) and have a white spot on the neck and a white band on the wings, which are clearly visible in flight, making the species easy to distinguish at a greater distance from the Rock Pigeon and Stock Dove.
They have a short, yellow bill with a red base and short pink legs.
The plumage in both sexes is the same.
Young Common Wood Pigeons do not yet have a white neck spot.
The bill of the young Common Wood Pigeon is also darker than that of the adult pigeon.
Common Wood Pigeons are found almost everywhere in Europe.
Kuringen, Limburg, Belgium, 6 March 2018