[CT Birds] Rock Pigeon reporting on eBird

Lynn Jones lynnjones11 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 30 15:46:44 EDT 2013

Here is the link to the article posted on the eBird home page.  When I
logged a checklist earlier today it defaulted to Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)


On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 3:33 PM, Sara Zagorski <penguinsz at sbcglobal.net>wrote:

> I submit my bird sightings to eBird usually through the BirdLog app on my
> iphone, so I don't usually see the web version of eBird. I got a Rare Bird
> alert today from eBird on various sightings of Rock Pigeon. I thought that
> was strange, but found out via Greg Hanisek that eBird is in the process of
> distinguishing between Rock Pigeons according to their status in a
> particular part of the world. Here is what they say:
> Changes will be happening over the next week with how eBird users
> report Rock Pigeons. Most checklists will now contain Rock Pigeon (Feral
> Pigeon) as an option. Since eBird is a global system it needs to be
> consistent throughout the world. In the Old World, where Rock Pigeon is
> native, most observers draw distinctions between Feral Pigeons (city
> pigeons, typically with non-wild plumage phenotypes) and ‘wild type’
> Rock Pigeons. The latter have become quite rare in many areas, so
> reporting them as “Rock Pigeon (Wild type)” is of interest. In most of
> the world, however, Rock Pigeons are derived from captive stock and
> should be reported as “Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)” to make this
> distinction. This includes all Rock Pigeons in the Americas, Australia,
> sub-Saharan Africa, many islands, and many other areas where Rock
> Pigeons are restricted to urban and agrarian areas and where Wild type
> Rock Pigeons do not occur.
> There are two choices to make when using the eBird list, so chose the
> right one. Once the software on the eBird side is done, they will go back
> and correct sightings.
> Just thought others might get the same alert and be puzzled by it.
> Sara Zagorski
> Wethersfield
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Lynn A. Jones
Museum Assistant
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
New Haven, CT

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