White Doves have come to symbolize peace and love. The biblical story of Noah featured a white dove returning to the ark with and olive branch in its beak. The white dove is often a symbol of marriage and love and is a common theme in wedding decoration. They are an intelligent bird that can be trained for use in magic acts. The white dove is a white variety of the domesticated Ring-necked Dove. Both varieties are likely originally descended from the African Ring Dove but have been domesticated for at least 2500 years. Pigeons are a common urban bird. The life-size gray pigeons have been used as stage props for plays and for skits on shows like Conan.