are over 300 different species of doves which inhabit nearly
every corner of the world. Doves are often called pigeons
or visa versa. In fact there is no real defined division
between the two in the wild. Perhaps the most common difference
(if there is one) is that the larger birds are often called
pigeons and the smaller are called doves.
In the domestic world of doves and pigeons, the term "domestic
pigeon" is given to all of the many genetically selected
breeds of birds which descend from the Rock Dove. These
are actually related to the common pigeons you see in your
city picking up bread crumbs and pebbles.