This order consists of three families and 329 species in 42 genera. Most species are found around human aggregations. They have small heads and unwebbed feet. Pigeons secrete a type of "pigeon milk" to their young.

Family Common name Total number
Columbidae Doves 313 (40 genera)
Pteroclididae Sandgrouse 16 (2 genera)
Raphidae Dodo and Solitaires extinct

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