A Woodland Fish and Wildlife Project publication.
The West Coast population of the band-tailed pigeon nests from southeastern Alaska to northern Mexico, in a variety of forest types but predominantly in closed-canopy forests below 1,000 feet in elevation. Throughout the 20th century, this population declined as a result of sporadic over-hunting and habitat loss. The band-tailed pigeon has slowly been increasing in the last decade along the West Coast, in response to hunting closures coupled with habitat rehabilitation and regrowth. This publication describes the life history and population status of this bird, and many management practices a private timberland owner can undertake to protect and enhance pigeon habitat.