recently i came across a small dove who had its feathers tied by a rubber band so that it $would'nt$ fly. it looks some what like this

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i was stunned by seeing it as i have never seen a dove in brown colour. and after staring it for some time i noticed that it's feathers or hairs near the neck region were made into a cluster that makes it look like $spike$ $hair$ $style$

so in short what would be the scientific name of this dove ??

  • $\begingroup$ This look like a Indian Pigeon(Rock Dove). $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 12:54
  • $\begingroup$ @DevashishDas i know you live in bangalore so have you seen these birds around your locality as these birds are'nt seen very often in hyderabad $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 12:58

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It's a rock pigeons (Columba livia).

The Color coding of Pigeon

There are three genes responsible for pigmentation in pigeons.

Tyrp1 gene produces a protein that helps make the pigment eumelanin. Pigeons with blue-black feathers have normal Tyrp1. Ash-red and brown birds pigeons contain different mutations in the Tyrp1 gene, which leads to less or different pigmentation.

– Mutations that affect the Sox10 gene override colors determined by various versions of the Tyrp1 gene. Regardless of whether the Tyrp1 version makes pigeons blue-black, ash-red or brown, mutations that regulate the Sox10 gene result in red pigeons.

– Mutation of the Slc45a2 gene decreases the intensity of colors determined by Tyrp1, Sox10 and their mutants. Depending on the version of the Tyrp1 gene – blue-black, ash-red, and brown − pigeons harboring the mutant Slc45a2 gene still display the same colors, but in watered-down or diluted versions, less intense than those with normal Slc45a2. For example, a pigeon with both the ash-red version of Tyrp1 and the mutant Slc45a2 gene has ash-yellow feathers. Pigeons with Sox10 and Slc45a2 mutations are yellow, which is the dilute form of red.

Source: http://unews.utah.edu/news_releases/birds-of-a-different-color/

Source: University of Utah

  • $\begingroup$ but what about the arrangement of birds hairs on its neck ??? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 13:23
  • $\begingroup$ @agharehanabbas: I pretty sure this a pigeon because of the beak. PS: can you post the picture of the neck if you are in doubt? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 13:24
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    $\begingroup$ surely i will edit my question with that pic $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 13:26

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