Browse the database

Recently Viewed

Aves - Neognathae - Columbiformes - Columbidae - Patagioenas - Columba fasciata

Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Columba fasciata (Band-tailed Pigeon)


Rotate: left click on mouse
Zoom: right click on mouse (PC) or command and click (Mac)
Move: left and right click simultaneously (PC) or shift and click (Mac)

Species Description
The Band-Tailed Pigeon lives in the coniferous forests along the western coast of North and South America, with two distinct breeding regions in the American West. The largest pigeon in North America, it eats seeds (most notably, acorns), fruit, pinenuts and flowers; it travels long distances to gather food, sometimes flying upwards of five kilometers per day. Like other pigeons and doves, the Band-Tailed Pigeon feeds its young with “crop milk”, which is derived from sloughed-off liquid-filled cells that line the crop. The parasitic louse Columbicola extinctus, which was believed to go extinct with the passenger pigeon, has been discovered on Band-Tailed Pigeons. While it looks similar to the introduced Rock Pigeon, the Band-Tailed Pigeon is native to the Americas.
Skeletal Elements Available

Sternum (Breast Bone)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)

Left Tibiotarsus and Fibula (Left Middle Leg Bones)

Right Tibiotarsus and Fibula (Right Middle Leg Bones)

Right Ulna (Lower Arm Bone )

Right Radius (Lower Arm Bone )

Right Femur (Right Femur)

Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Band-tailed Pigeon Page

© 2019 - Aves 3D • In partnership with:     College of the Holy Cross     Harvard University     National Science Foundation     • Contact Us