Recognized around the world as a symbol of peace, tenderness, and romance, the dove is a bird whose humble beauty and soothing voice make people feel calm and hopeful. The mighty dove, with many manifest virtues, has fascinated and inspired mankind since ancient times.
What many people don't know, however, is that city pigeons are often belittled or even reviled just like snow white doves. "Dove" and "pigeon" are generally interchangeable terms that refer to any bird in the Columbidae family. The smaller members are usually called "pigeons" while the larger ones are called "pigeons", but the words actually mean the same thing. As such, the dove is a much-loved bird associated with compassion and peace, and a bird that many people treat and hate as pests. (1) Read on to learn about the enchanting symbolism, mythology, and history of the dove.