José Antônio Ribeiro Neto
The large bird genus Columba comprises a group of medium to large stout-bodied pigeons, often referred to as the typical pigeons. The terms "dove" and "pigeon" are used indiscriminately for smaller and larger Columbidae, respectively. Columba species – at least those of Columba sensu stricto – are generally termed "pigeons", and in many cases wood-pigeons. This genus as understood today is native to the Old World, but some – notably the domestic and feral rock pige where they have developed and are sometimes created as pets. They also present sanitary importance since they can relate to several pathogenic organisms and thus disseminate them.
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