Bible Birds – Doves and Pigeons

Bible Birds – Doves and Pigeons

Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata) by Robert Scanlon

Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata) by Robert Scanlon

And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. (Psa 55:6)

Doves were the second bird named in the Bible. Do you know which one was first mentioned? Look up Genesis 8:7 to find out.

In Genesis 8:8, Noah sent the Dove out of the ark. That is the second named bird in Scripture.

He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. (Genesis 8:8 NKJV)

Doves, Turtledoves and Pigeons all belong to the same family of birds. The Family is call – Columbidae – Pigeons, Doves. There are over 330 kinds of Doves and Pigeons in the family.




An alphabetical list of the Columbidae – Pigeons, Doves Family:

Adamawa Turtle Dove (Streptopelia hypopyrrha)
Afep Pigeon (Columba unicincta)
African Collared Dove (Streptopelia risoria)
African Green Pigeon (Treron calvus)
African Olive Pigeon (Columba arquatrix)
Amethyst Brown Dove (Phapitreron amethystinus)
Andaman Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia rufipennis)
Andaman Green Pigeon (Treron chloropterus)
Andaman Wood Pigeon (Columba palumboides)
Ashy Wood Pigeon (Columba pulchricollis)
Ashy-headed Green Pigeon (Treron phayrei)
Atoll Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus coralensis)
Azuero Dove (Leptotila battyi)
Banded Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus cinctus)
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata)
Banggai Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus subgularis)
Bare-eyed Pigeon (Patagioenas corensis)
Bare-faced Ground Dove (Metriopelia ceciliae)
Barking Imperial Pigeon (Ducula latrans)
Bar-necked Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia magna)
Barred Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia unchall)
Barred Dove (Geopelia maugeus)
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)
Bar-tailed Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia nigrirostris)
Beautiful Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus pulchellus)
Black Dove (Turacoena modesta)
Black Imperial Pigeon (Ducula melanochroa)
Black-banded Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus alligator)
Black-billed Wood Dove (Turtur abyssinicus)
Black-chinned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus leclancheri)
Black-naped Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus melanospilus)
Black-winged Ground Dove (Metriopelia melanoptera)
Blue Ground Dove (Claravis pretiosa)
Blue-capped Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus monacha)
Blue-eyed Ground Dove (Columbina cyanopis)
Blue-headed Quail-Dove (Starnoenas cyanocephala)
Blue-headed Wood Dove (Turtur brehmeri)
Blue-spotted Wood Dove (Turtur afer)
Bolle’s Pigeon (Columba bollii)
Bonin Wood Pigeon (Columba versicolor)
Bridled Quail-Dove (Geotrygon mystacea)
Bronze Ground Dove (Gallicolumba beccarii)
Brown Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia phasianella)
Bruce’s Green Pigeon (Treron waalia)
Brush Bronzewing (Phaps elegans)
Buff-fronted Quail-Dove (Geotrygon costaricensis)
Buru Green Pigeon (Treron aromaticus)
Buru Mountain Pigeon (Gymnophaps mada)
Cameroon Olive Pigeon (Columba sjostedti)
Caribbean Dove (Leptotila jamaicensis)
Carunculated Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus granulifrons)
Chatham Pigeon (Hemiphaga chathamensis)
Chestnut-bellied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula brenchleyi)
Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon (Petrophassa rufipennis)
Chilean Pigeon (Patagioenas araucana)
Chiriqui Quail-Dove (Geotrygon chiriquensis)
Choiseul Pigeon (Microgoura meeki)
Christmas Imperial Pigeon (Ducula whartoni)
Cinnamon Ground Dove (Gallicolumba rufigula)
Cinnamon-bellied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula basilica)
Cinnamon-headed Green Pigeon (Treron fulvicollis)
Claret-breasted Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus viridis)
Cloven-feathered Dove (Drepanoptila holosericea)
Collared Imperial Pigeon (Ducula mullerii)
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)
Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica)
Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina)
Common Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)
Comoros Blue Pigeon (Alectroenas sganzini)
Comoros Green Pigeon (Treron griveaudi)
Comoros Olive Pigeon (Columba pollenii)
Coroneted Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus coronulatus)
Cream-breasted Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus merrilli)
Crested Cuckoo-Dove (Reinwardtoena crassirostris)
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes)
Crested Quail-Dove (Geotrygon versicolor)
Crimson-crowned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus porphyraceus)
Croaking Ground Dove (Columbina cruziana)
Dark-backed Imperial Pigeon (Ducula lacernulata)
Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)
Dodo (Raphus cucullatus)
Dusky Pigeon (Patagioenas goodsoni)
Dusky Turtle Dove (Streptopelia lugens)
Dwarf Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus nanus)
Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata)
Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon (Columba delegorguei)
Ecuadorian Ground Dove (Columbina buckleyi)
Elegant Imperial Pigeon (Ducula concinna)
Emerald-spotted Wood Dove (Turtur chalcospilos)
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)
Finsch’s Imperial Pigeon (Ducula finschii)
Flame-breasted Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus marchei)
Flock Bronzewing (Phaps histrionica)
Flores Green Pigeon (Treron floris)
Galapagos Dove (Zenaida galapagoensis)
Golden Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus luteovirens)
Golden-spotted Ground Dove (Metriopelia aymara)
Goliath Imperial Pigeon (Ducula goliath)
Great Cuckoo-Dove (Reinwardtoena reinwardtii)
Green Imperial Pigeon (Ducula aenea)
Grenada Dove (Leptotila wellsi)
Grey Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pickeringii)
Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon (Treron griseicauda)
Grey-chested Dove (Leptotila cassinii)
Grey-fronted Dove (Leptotila rufaxilla)
Grey-fronted Green Pigeon (Treron affinis)
Grey-fronted Quail-Dove (Geotrygon caniceps)
Grey-green Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus purpuratus)
Grey-headed Dove (Leptotila plumbeiceps)
Grey-headed Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus hyogastrus)
Grey-headed Imperial Pigeon (Ducula radiata)
Hill Pigeon (Columba rupestris)
Inca Dove (Columbina inca)
Indigo-crowned Quail-Dove (Geotrygon purpurata)
Island Bronze-naped Pigeon (Columba malherbii)
Island Collared Dove (Streptopelia bitorquata)
Island Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pistrinaria)
Jambu Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus jambu)
Japanese Wood Pigeon (Columba janthina)
Key West Quail-Dove (Geotrygon chrysia)
Knob-billed Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus insolitus)
Large Green Pigeon (Treron capellei)
Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis)
Laurel Pigeon (Columba junoniae)
Lemon Dove (Columba larvata)
Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus rarotongensis)
Lined Quail-Dove (Geotrygon linearis)
Little Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia ruficeps)
Little Green Pigeon (Treron olax)
Long-tailed Ground Dove (Uropelia campestris)
Luzon Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba luzonica)
MacKinlay’s Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia mackinlayi)
Madagascar Blue Pigeon (Alectroenas madagascariensis)
Madagascar Green Pigeon (Treron australis)
Makatea Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus chalcurus)
Malagasy Turtle Dove (Nesoenas picturata)
Many-colored Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus perousii)
Maranon Pigeon (Patagioenas oenops)
Mariana Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus roseicapilla)
Maroon-chested Ground Dove (Claravis mondetoura)
Marquesan Ground Dove (Gallicolumba rubescens)
Marquesan Imperial Pigeon (Ducula galeata)
Mauritius Blue Pigeon (Alectroenas nitidissimus)
Metallic Pigeon (Columba vitiensis)
Micronesian Imperial Pigeon (Ducula oceanica)
Mindanao Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba crinigera)
Mindanao Brown Dove (Phapitreron brunneiceps)
Mindoro Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba platenae)
Mindoro Imperial Pigeon (Ducula mindorensis)
Moreno’s Ground Dove (Metriopelia morenoi)
Mountain Imperial Pigeon (Ducula badia)
Mourning Collared Dove (Streptopelia decipiens)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis)
Negros Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba keayi)
Negros Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus arcanus)
New Britain Bronzewing (Henicophaps foersteri)
New Guinea Bronzewing (Henicophaps albifrons)
New Zealand Pigeon (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae)
Nicobar Imperial Pigeon (Ducula nicobarica)
Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica)
Nilgiri Wood Pigeon (Columba elphinstonii)
Norfolk Ground Dove (Gallicolumba norfolciensis)
Oberholser’s Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus epius)
Ochre-bellied Dove (Leptotila ochraceiventris)
Olive-backed Quail-Dove (Geotrygon veraguensis)
Orange Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus victor)
Orange-bellied Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus iozonus)
Orange-breasted Green Pigeon (Treron bicinctus)
Orange-fronted Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus aurantiifrons)
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis)
Ornate Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus ornatus)
Pacific Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps longirostris)
Pacific Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pacifica)
Palau Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus pelewensis)
Palau Ground Dove (Gallicolumba canifrons)
Pale Mountain Pigeon (Gymnophaps solomonensis)
Pale-capped Pigeon (Columba punicea)
Pale-vented Pigeon (Patagioenas cayennensis)
Pallid Dove (Leptotila pallida)
Papuan Mountain Pigeon (Gymnophaps albertisii)
Partridge Pigeon (Geophaps smithii)
Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius)
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida)
Pemba Green Pigeon (Treron pembaensis)
Pheasant Pigeon (Otidiphaps nobilis)
Philippine Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia tenuirostris)
Philippine Green Pigeon (Treron axillaris)
Picazuro Pigeon (Patagioenas picazuro)
Picui Ground Dove (Columbina picui)
Pied Cuckoo-Dove (Reinwardtoena browni)
Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor)
Pink Pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri)
Pink-bellied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula poliocephala)
Pink-headed Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus porphyreus)
Pink-headed Imperial Pigeon (Ducula rosacea)
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
Pink-spotted Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus perlatus)
Pinon’s Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon)
Pin-tailed Green Pigeon (Treron apicauda)
Plain Pigeon (Patagioenas inornata)
Plain-breasted Ground Dove (Columbina minuta)
Plumbeous Pigeon (Patagioenas plumbea)
Polynesian Ground Dove (Gallicolumba erythroptera)
Polynesian Imperial Pigeon (Ducula aurorae)
Purple-tailed Imperial Pigeon (Ducula rufigaster)
Purple-winged Ground Dove (Claravis geoffroyi)
Purplish-backed Quail-Dove (Geotrygon lawrencii)
Rapa Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus huttoni)
Red Turtle Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
Red-bellied Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus greyi)
Red-billed Pigeon (Patagioenas flavirostris)
Red-eared Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus fischeri)
Red-eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata)
Red-knobbed Imperial Pigeon (Ducula rubricera)
Red-moustached Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus mercierii)
Red-naped Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus dohertyi)
Ring-necked Dove (Streptopelia capicola)
Ring-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas caribaea)
Rock Dove (Columba livia)
Rodrigues Pigeon (Nesoenas rodericana)
Rodrigues Solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria)
Rose-crowned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus regina)
Ruddy Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia emiliana)
Ruddy Ground Dove (Columbina talpacoti)
Ruddy Pigeon (Patagioenas subvinacea)
Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana)
Rufescent Imperial Pigeon (Ducula chalconota)
Russet-crowned Quail-Dove (Geotrygon goldmani)
Ryukyu Wood Pigeon (Columba jouyi)
Santa Cruz Ground Dove (Gallicolumba sanctaecrucis)
Sao Tome Green Pigeon (Treron sanctithomae)
Sao Tome Olive Pigeon (Columba thomensis)
Sapphire Quail-Dove (Geotrygon saphirina)
Scaled Dove (Columbina squammata)
Scaled Pigeon (Patagioenas speciosa)
Scaly-naped Pigeon (Patagioenas squamosa)
Scarlet-breasted Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus bernsteinii)
Scarlet-capped Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus insularis)
Seram Imperial Pigeon (Ducula neglecta)
Seram Mountain Pigeon (Gymnophaps stalkeri)
Seychelles Blue Pigeon (Alectroenas pulcherrimus)
Short-billed Pigeon (Patagioenas nigrirostris)
Silver-capped Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus richardsii)
Silver-tipped Imperial Pigeon (Ducula luctuosa)
Silvery Pigeon (Columba argentina)
Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia amboinensis)
Snow Pigeon (Columba leuconota)
Socorro Dove (Zenaida graysoni)
Somali Pigeon (Columba oliviae)
Sombre Pigeon (Cryptophaps poecilorrhoa)
Southern Crowned Pigeon (Goura scheepmakeri)
Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea)
Speckled Wood Pigeon (Columba hodgsonii)
Spectacled Imperial Pigeon (Ducula perspicillata)
Spice Imperial Pigeon (Ducula myristicivora)
Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera)
Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)
Spotted Green Pigeon (Caloenas maculata)
Spotted Imperial Pigeon (Ducula carola)
Spot-winged Pigeon (Patagioenas maculosa)
Squatter Pigeon (Geophaps scripta)
Sri Lanka Green Pigeon (Treron pompadora)
Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon (Columba torringtoniae)
Stephan’s Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps stephani)
Stock Dove (Columba oenas)
Sula Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus mangoliensis)
Sulawesi Ground Dove (Gallicolumba tristigmata)
Sulu Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba menagei)
Sumatran Green Pigeon (Treron oxyurus)
Sumba Green Pigeon (Treron teysmannii)
Superb Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus superbus)
Tambourine Dove (Turtur tympanistria)
Tanna Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus tannensis)
Tanna Ground Dove (Gallicolumba ferruginea)
Tawitawi Brown Dove (Phapitreron cinereiceps)
Thick-billed Green Pigeon (Treron curvirostra)
Thick-billed Ground Dove (Gallicolumba salamonis)
Thick-billed Ground Pigeon (Trugon terrestris)
Timor Green Pigeon (Treron psittaceus)
Timor Imperial Pigeon (Ducula cineracea)
Tolima Dove (Leptotila conoveri)
Tongan Ground Dove (Gallicolumba stairi)
Tooth-billed Pigeon (Didunculus strigirostris)
Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus)
Torresian Imperial Pigeon (Ducula spilorrhoa)
Trocaz Pigeon (Columba trocaz)
Tuxtla Quail-Dove (Geotrygon carrikeri)
Vanuatu Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bakeri)
Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Goura victoria)
Vinaceous Dove (Streptopelia vinacea)
Violaceous Quail-Dove (Geotrygon violacea)
Wallace’s Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus wallacii)
Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon (Treron sphenurus)
West Peruvian Dove (Zenaida meloda)
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon (Columba iriditorques)
Western Crowned Pigeon (Goura cristata)
Wetar Ground Dove (Gallicolumba hoedtii)
Whistling Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus layardi)
Whistling Green Pigeon (Treron formosae)
White-bellied Green Pigeon (Treron sieboldii)
White-bellied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula forsteni)
White-bibbed Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus rivoli)
White-breasted Ground Dove (Gallicolumba jobiensis)
White-capped Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus dupetithouarsii)
White-collared Pigeon (Columba albitorques)
White-crowned Pigeon (Patagioenas leucocephala)
White-eared Brown Dove (Phapitreron leucotis)
White-faced Dove (Turacoena manadensis)
White-faced Quail-Dove (Geotrygon albifacies)
White-fronted Ground Dove (Gallicolumba kubaryi)
White-fronted Quail-Dove (Geotrygon leucometopia)
White-headed Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus eugeniae)
White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)
White-naped Pigeon (Columba albinucha)
White-quilled Rock Pigeon (Petrophassa albipennis)
White-throated Ground Dove (Gallicolumba xanthonura)
White-throated Quail-Dove (Geotrygon frenata)
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi)
White-winged Collared Dove (Streptopelia reichenowi)
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)
Wonga Pigeon (Leucosarcia melanoleuca)
Yellow-bibbed Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus solomonensis)
Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus occipitalis)
Yellow-eyed Pigeon (Columba eversmanni)
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon (Treron phoenicopterus)
Yellowish Imperial Pigeon (Ducula subflavescens)
Yellow-legged Pigeon (Columba pallidiceps)
Yellow-vented Green Pigeon (Treron seimundi)
Yungas Dove (Leptotila megalura)
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)
Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita)
Zoe’s Imperial Pigeon (Ducula zoeae)


2 thoughts on “Bible Birds – Doves and Pigeons

  1. Quails and partridges are also in the bible. You can do a google search with ‘quail in the bible’ and ‘partridge in the bible’ to discover more.

    Liked by 1 person

Please leave a Comment. They are encouraging.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s