The Wood-Pigeons differ from the Rock-Pigeons in shape, having longer necks and tails, the latter two-thirds the length of the wing or more, and projecting some distance beyond the ends of the closed wings, whilst the tarsus is partly feathered and proportionally shorter than in Columba. The wing is more rounded than in Columba, the 1st quill scarcely exceeding or not exceeding the 4th. There are no dark bars on the wings, but there is a pale band on the outer tail-feathers.
Typical Ring-Doves or Wood-Pigeons are more or less migratory birds that keep in flocks and feed on grain, acorns, buds, &c. They always lav two eggs and make their nests on high trees. One species is Indian.