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Pigeons and doves comprise the family Columbidae within the order Columbiformes, including some 300 species of near passerine birds. In general parlance the terms "dove" and "pigeon" are used somewhat interchangeably. In ornithological practice there is a tendency for "dove" to be used for smaller species and "pigeon" for larger ones, but this is in no way consistently applied, and historically the common names for these birds involve much variation between "dove" and "pigeon".The species commonly referred to just as the "pigeon" is the feral Rock Pigeon, common in many cities.
I know the difference.. me! Me!You can say "I dove into the water" but not "I pigeon into the water" 
LOL Leave to Beaver to try to be a dove....hey is that tail a fish?