TIL that there is no scientific difference between doves and pigeons. In English, the smaller birds are usually called “doves” and the larger ones “pigeons”. However, there is not consistent distinction.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbidae

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  1. No matter what wikipedia says – doves are angelic creatures that fall in love with each other and pigeons are rats with wings that drink liquid trash

  2. This is sort of misleading/confusing.

    So there are clearly scientific differences between each species however the words ‘dove’ and ‘pigeon’ are synonymous and are both used to describe the same family of birds; columbidae

    Quote from article :
    The family contains 344 species divided into 50 genera. Thirteen of the species are extinct.

  3. Here’s the thing. You said a “pigeon is a dove.”

    Is it in the same family? Yes. No one’s arguing that.

    As someone who is a scientist who studies pigeons, I am telling you, specifically, in science, no one calls doves pigeons. If you want to be “specific” like you said, then you shouldn’t either. They’re not the same thing.

  4. I believe that color is a more important indicator than size when referencing a distinction.

    I only really call the white ones doves. I’d call anything else a pigeon.

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