(Common) Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) Pombo-torcaz

Resident throughout the country, but scarce in the south during the hotter months of the year. During winter however massive numbers of Wood Pigeons descend upon the countryside from further north to feed on the stubble in the fields and acorns in the woods, and I have seen the sky black with an uncountable number in-between Grandola and Setubal. Nevertheless, it is a shy species in the south and never lets one approach as close as its brothers and sisters further north, flying off with a rapid wing beat upon detection showing two prominent white wing-bars.

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