Age and sex determination of juvenile band-tailed pigeons

Journal of Wildlife Management
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Captive band-tailed pigeons (Columbafasciata) were studied to document progression of molts and plumages from juvenal to adult age. Immature pigeons began the post-juvenal molt at 35 days which continued up to 340 days. The only 3 plumage characters useful for identification and estimation of age were presence of juvenal lesser, middle, and greater secondary coverts, juvenal secondaries, and juvenal primaries. While juvenal primaries were still present, hatching dates could be estimated up to 252 days (N = 84). Secondary feather presence and molt stage could be used to identify juvenile pigeons for more than 340 days (N = 24). Using coloration of the crown and breast feathers, 96 percent of the immature pigeons examined (106 of 110) at 80 days of age were classified accurately as to sex.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Age and sex determination of juvenile band-tailed pigeons
Series title Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume 42
Issue 3
Year Published 1978
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 564-569
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Wildlife Management
First page 564
Last page 569