The Stockdove (Columba oenas), Fig, 112, is similar in its habits to the Ringdove, but more given to breeding in closer proximity in fir plantations, and feeds upon similar food, assembling in vast flocks in winter and feeding on beech-mast, etc., is often enticed to trains of grain in woods and shot in great numbers during severe weather. This species has been credited with being the progenitor of the domestic pigeon.