Improved Genome Assembly and Annotation for the Rock Pigeon ( Columba livia)

G3 (Bethesda). 2018 May 4;8(5):1391-1398. doi: 10.1534/g3.117.300443.


The domestic rock pigeon (Columba livia) is among the most widely distributed and phenotypically diverse avian species. C. livia is broadly studied in ecology, genetics, physiology, behavior, and evolutionary biology, and has recently emerged as a model for understanding the molecular basis of anatomical diversity, the magnetic sense, and other key aspects of avian biology. Here we report an update to the C. livia genome reference assembly and gene annotation dataset. Greatly increased scaffold lengths in the updated reference assembly, along with an updated annotation set, provide improved tools for evolutionary and functional genetic studies of the pigeon, and for comparative avian genomics in general.

Keywords: Columba livia; Genome Report; HiRise assembly; MAKER annotation; rock pigeon.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Columbidae / genetics*
  • DNA Transposable Elements / genetics
  • Gene Library
  • Genetic Markers
  • Genome*
  • Genotype
  • Molecular Sequence Annotation*
  • Synteny / genetics
  • Transcriptome / genetics


  • DNA Transposable Elements
  • Genetic Markers