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  1. In domestic pigeons and doves, the sex linked gene for dilution often also dilutes the beak and nail colors. This bird looks like a dilute. In addition, the bird has white feathering on the head. This, also is associated with a lightened beak. These are two possibilities with this bird. I'd guess African, as they are prone to a greater range of mutations than the Eurasian.
  2. Juniper Titmouse? Or is that beak too narrow/long?
  3. Looks like a red winged blackbird. I can see the epaulettes.
  4. Looks to be a fawn or khaki color expression on a domestic mallard. Quite common. This link may help with a lot of the questions that pop up on here in relation to Domestics. https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/mallard-derived-duck-color-genetics-basics.74277/
  5. My wild types all looked more like this one...wikiwand.com/en/Ring-necked_dove. They do, however, come in a myriad of mutations. My Eurasians all a lighter shade and the sun appeared to mottle their coloration more so than the Africans.
  6. Personal experience, having had both in lofts of mine, the "wild" colored Africans were always a noticeably darker shade than the Eurasians. Unless, of course, the Africans were a mutated color.
  7. Eurasians. Too bulky and too light in color for Africans.
  8. One other thing, that bird is not white. Definitely not albino. See Buffy head and neck ring. I'm thinking probably a genetic dilution factor in play, which is common in ringed doves.
  9. Charlie, possible, although Eurasians are kept domestically much less frequently than their African brothers/sisters. Whites would be even less frequent. But, it is possible. Africans have been domesticated over thousands of years, and are much more docile and sociable in captivity. Commenting on size difference, there is a slight difference of about 2". Plus, Eurasians have a more robust appearance. I don't think this would be immediately apparent in the field, unless they were side by side.
  10. If around Huntington Beach, Ca, take a look at Orange-Cheeked Waxbills.
  11. Yes, rock pigeons. There are several white genetic variations in domestic pigeons. Albino (sex linked), recessive white (both parents must be, or carry the gene), pied white (random inheritance), grizzle white (homozygous grizzle, a partial dominant). Extremely common in domestic birds, fairly common in ferals. There are a number of them in the cities along the Orange County coast. Probably many descended from white Homing Pigeons gone feral. I know, TMI.
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