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wood pigeon

Palombe à Carcassonne.

Palombes or wood pigeons are nicknamed the oiseaux bleus. From northern Europe they migrate to Spain, flying diagonally across France through the Lot-et-Garonne, Gers, Landes, Béarn and Pays Basque in Ocober and November. Along the way they must dodge thousands of hunters waiting in their paloumeyres or palombières (camouflaged lookout towers), with their nets and guns.

Palombière dans le nontronnais, Dordotne, France.

Afterwards they appear on many restaurant menus, or get turned into terrine, pâté or salmis.


Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Traumrune, Tylwyth Eldar