dove

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dove

a bird which together with the pigeon forms the large bird family Columbidae. There appears not to be a clearcut distinction between the two groups and some types have alternative names, one of them a pigeon, the other one a dove. They vary in color, but mostly within the range of gray, through cream and light brown to a deep beige, sometimes with markings. The legs are clean of feathers.
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27) The doves take on an additional meaning in the context of the Columbine shootings since they are a member of the family Columbidae (the word "columbine" actually means "dove-like" or "dove-colored").
It says 'Pigeon or dove: imprecise names for birds of the family Columbidae.
Anyway, here they are - birds of the family Columbidae.
paradisaea Pontoppidan, arctic I R tern Xema sabini (Sabine), Sabine's I R gull Family Alcidae (auks, murres, and puffins) Brachyramphus perdix (Pallas), I R long-billed murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus I R (Gmelin), ancient murrelet Uria lomvia (Linnaeus), I R thick-billed murre Order Columbiformes (pigeons and doves) Family Columbidae (pigeons and doves) Columba fasciata Say, I R band-tailed pigeon C.
This average daily caloric intake is considerably smaller than the average for the Columbidae family (Perez 2004).