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Scientific Classification

Columbidae is the name for a group of near passerine birds, and the only living taxonomic Family of the Order Columbiformes. It includes about 300 species of pigeons and doves, and many of the Genera within this Family contain both. This is largely due to the almost interchangeable use of the terms "pigeon" and "dove" when identifying these varieties. In general, pigeons are larger than doves, but this is not consistently applied.

The Dodo bird and Rodrigues Solitaire are both extinct varieties of Columbiformes classified in the Family Raphidae.


Subfamily: Columbinae

Subfamily: Didunculinae

Subfamily: Gourinae

Subfamily: Otidiphabinae

Subfamily: Ptilinopinae

Subfamily: Treroninae



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