Las Pilitas Nursery

California Native Plants are all we grow!

Blog Contact Us Directions

3232 Las Pilitas Rd
Santa Margarita, CA 93453

Shop For Plants Cart Contents

This website is dedicated to Bert Wilson. His genius continues to inspire us.

Band-tailed Pigeon, Columba fasciata

Nesting habitats used by the Band-tailed Pigeon

The Band-tailed Pigeon likes to nest in tall trees. However, they like brush understory for breeding.

Diet of the Band-tailed Pigeon

The Band-tailed Pigeon eats mainly acorns but also consumes other fruits. Their staple foods include Oaks and Madrones, also to a lesser extent Choke cherry, Toyon, Dogwood, Elderberries and Manzanitas. They consume buds and flowers as well as berries and seeds.

Habitat/ Plant community used by the Band-tailed pigeon

The Band-tailed Pigeon likes wooded areas with the dense understory.

Plant community links:

Mixed evergreen forest

Northern Oak Woodland

Central Oak woodland

Southern Oak woodland

Lodgepole pine forest

Douglas fir forest

Yellow pine forest

Agricultural lands with grains

Migration of the Band-tailed Pigeon

Individuals tend to move south in winter and back north in summer. They also tend to move around looking for food.

Range of the Band-tailed Pigeon

The Band-tailed Pigeon is found in most of California except in Central California Valley or deserts.

How to attract the Band-tailed Pigeon to your garden

Band-tailed Pigeons need a tall snag for perching and cooing. Their cooing can be a nice addition to the tranquility of your garden. They also need oaks as they produce large quantities of acorns. However, in our area ( San Luis Obispo county) many of the Coast live oaks as well as other species are not producing good acorn crops. This can either be caused by a dry year or an unhealthy oak tree. Make sure your oak trees have a good leaf layer under the drip line, 4 inches or more. Also make sure there is no grass or other non native weeds under the drip line of the oak. These weeds take needed nutrients and water and increase fire danger. The weeds also mess up the soil ecology needed by oaks.

Band Tailed Pigeons in flight over the nursery. Native plants equal native birds. - grid24_12
Band Tailed Pigeons, Columba fasciata, in flight.

Band Tailed Pigeons (Columba fasciata) roosting in a Valley Oak Tree.