Doves & pigeons -
01-19-2010, 10:33 PM
dove vs. pigeon - how to explain the difference?
"there is no true scientific difference." They both belong to the family Columbidae, but there is an important difference in how the two terms are used colloquially. Native speakers generally associate pigeons with domesticated birds or birds that fly around in parks and squares in cities. They tend to associate doves with wild birds that live in forests and are a symbol of peace.