[Tweeters] Feral vs. Wild Rock Pigeons
stevechampton at gmail.com
Sat Feb 19 18:57:34 PST 2022
I'm not an eBird reviewer but I can tell you that native wild Rock Pigeons
generally occur in rocky habitats in arid regions from Spain and Morocco
across southern Europe and northern Africa and the Middle East to India and
Mongolia. Anywhere else they are considered feral and come in a variety of
Birders in North America should use the "Rock Pigeon (feral)" option.
On Sat, Feb 19, 2022 at 6:48 PM Carol Riddell <cariddellwa at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dennis Paulson raised a great question about why some pigeon sightings
> turn up as rare birds in eBird. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) is the listing
> on the basic checklist. If you want to report a wild type, you have to add
> a species to the checklist and select Rock Pigeon (wild type). That is
> considered a rare bird. But how are we to determine what is a feral pigeon
> and what is a wild type Rock Pigeon? There is no guidance in eBird that I
> can find. When should we consider using the wild type category and what
> evidence of a rare pigeon sighting would eBird reviewers want to consider
> when deciding whether to include the report in the public data?
> I think knowing this would be as useful to birders who do not use eBird as
> it would be to eBirders. We all want to improve our birding skills and
> learn how to distinguish things in the field. Any answers from any local
> eBird reviewer who might feel so inclined? Thanks.
> Carol Riddell
> Edmonds, WA
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> Tweeters at u.washington.edu
Port Townsend, WA (qatáy)
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