|Pigeons and Doves are one in the same (there is a quote from Wiki listed above)
Most of the Doves that are released at weddings and funerals are Rock (Homing) Pigeons so that they can find their way home. At least they are supposed to be. If you hire someone for this, you are supposed to make sure they are homing pigeons being used.
Actually, most released at wedding are NOT homing pigeons (rock dove aka feral pigeon we all know), but the albino form of a Ringneck Dove (aka collard dove), also in magic acts. Totally different species who live in two different areas of the world. There cousin we all know is adapted to live in many areas, but these ringneck doves usually arent.
The natural range of the African collared dove is in the savannah lands south of the Sahara Desert in Africa from Senegal and Mauritania in the west across the continent to Sudan and Ethiopia in the east. They are also located along the Red Sea coast in Arabia and in Yemen.
Feral populations of the ringneck dove are in found many areas of the world. I have observed large populations in the Tampa - St. Petersburg area of Florida and also have seen a number of pairs around Tallahassee, Florida. Others have told me this dove can be found throughout south Florida.
Considering the cold winter in some climates, observed birds may have come from people who keep and free fly their ringnecks in that area.
So, they are only seen usually in warmer areas from escaped birds, but that is usually the normal colored ones.
Here is info on the white variety of them,and how bad it is to have them loose.
ABOUT WHITE DOVES (important to know!)
The white dove is a color mutation of the African collared dove that has been around for perhaps a thousand years. They have been bred in cages since biblical times. The albino ringneck dove was imported from Japan in 1967. These birds are pure white and are reported to be without neck rings. See the photo of the bird below. However if one adjust the brightness and contrast settings on a photograph we found that the normally invisible neck ring can be made to appear.
Many of the people who write are people who have found white doves in various locations as the result of improper dove releases for weddings and other functions. Homing pigeons are the appropriate birds for such releases as they will return to the owner’s loft after their release. (but it wasnt a homing pigeon in this case)
White doves are often used though because they are much cheaper to breed than homing pigeons, however they do not have the ability to return to the owners loft and thus end up in the wild. They often are not able to find food having had it provided to them all their life and because of their white color they are easy prey for a variety of predators. Thus many of these released birds die or are killed in a relatively short time. It seems to me an even worse tragedy is the use of albino doves in wedding releases. These birds have severely restricted vision in bright light and controlled flight is almost impossible.
site about these doves.http://www.diamonddove.info/bird11&#...0and%20Habitat
I honestly think this dove should never be in the wild again, but in a wildlife facility, or someones pet since it has a slim chance of making it on its own.
The release of the ringneck doves is wrong and something should be said.
Homing pigeons are ok since they are bred specifically to find there way back home, and are adept to survive all over the world, they are a very hardy species. Still, the white ones are easier targets for birds of prey.