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Birding Málaga


Common name Common wood pigeon
Scientific name Columba palumbus
Type Forest birds
Status Resident

Medium-sized bird (about 42 cm or 16.5 in), more sturdy than the Rock Dove. Dorsal plumage of dark grey colour, prominent breast of pink colour, small head, greyish underparts, marked white spot on the nape with band of green metallic reflections. Wings with very distinguishable white spots. Powerful, fast flight and with a strong flapping of wings.


Woodland environment

Where it lives

It lives in deciduous, mixed and, to a lesser extent, coniferous forests. Present in grasslands, olive groves, in the countryside and in addition in urban parks.

How it lives

Species resident in Malaga all year round. The province also hosts wintering individuals from the north. It breeds from Marh making two annual layings of 1 to 2 eggs and nests in trees. It feeds on seeds, acorns, berries, cereals and tender parts of plants.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Common and frequent species in Malaga. It can be watched in most stages of the Great Path.

Curious facts

Torcaces or "torcales", as they are known in Malaga, take their name from the Latin "torques" or necklace, referring to the white collar they exhibit on the neck. They are one of the bird species that are currently expanding. Like wild boars, they are favored by the increase in forest stands and the fact that they are also increasingly entering urban environments.

Routes where it can be observed
Wintering Summer Resident Migration