Pigeons

Pigeons

I make a lot of confessions on this blog and here’s another one: I love pigeons. 

Our former neighborhood had a pigeon problem. The houses had been designed with several roof-line nooks just perfect for pigeons to set up their unsightly but productive nests. 

Even so, I grew to love these birds once I got to know them. They are smart, very friendly and can be easily trained to eat from the hand. They also take a mate and form bonded pairs, which I found endearing. It was my experience, from the nests that I observed year in and year out, that a happy pigeon couple would easily produce ten chicks a year, always with two eggs per cycle. The neighbors who complained about the pigeons, but who didn’t take steps to close off the breeding sites, probably had no idea just how many new pigeons one nest would introduce into the neighborhood each year. 

The only predator I saw was the occasional hawk. I even watched a hawk glide down to a roof, then pluck a chick out of the nest with its talons then take off. My only surprise was that it didn’t happen more often. 

The most frequent way these birds died was by slamming into windows and breaking their necks. I was always saddened when this would happen and more times than I would like to remember, I had to dispose of a dead bird. But I usually took a moment to just look at the beauty of these birds as I held them in my hands. What a profound miracle nature is. 

Here’s wonderful video on how amazing these birds are.

FunFacts about Pigeons (Source) (Source)

    • Pigeons are doves.
    • The first images of pigeons date back to 3000 BC in Mesopotamia, which is modern day Iraq.
    • Pigeons have had many roles through the years, as a food source, a messenger, a blood sacrifice, a pet and even a war hero.
    • The pigeon war hero, quote: In both the First and Second World Wars the pigeon saved hundreds of thousands of human lives by carrying messages across enemy lines. Pigeons were carried on ships in convoys and in the event of a U-boat attack a messenger pigeon was released with details of the location of the sinking ship. In many cases this led to survivors being rescued and lives saved. (Source)
    • Pigeon manure was considered a highly valuable fertilizer throughout history.
    • Pigeons were used as messengers as early as the 5th century BC in Syria and Persia.
    • Pigeons bob their heads to create depth perception.
    • Pigeons mate for life and can reproduce up to 8 times a year with 2 eggs each time. Incubation is 18-19 days and both parents take turns keeping the eggs warm. Both parents ‘nurse’ the young as well with a highly nutritious, regurgitated milk they produce.
    • Young pigeons, still dependent on their parents, are known as squabs. At two months, the young are ready to leave the nest.
    • Pigeons ‘home’. They can be released thousands of miles away from their roost and still return safely. They are powerful birds and can return from a distance of 400 to 600 miles within 1 day.
    • Pigeons have been trained as lifesavers. Their vision, which sees both what a human can see and the ultra-violet spectrum, are able to identify life vests from the air much more accurately than their human counter-parts.
    • Pigeons are one of the most intelligent birds on the planet. They can learn and distinguish the letters of the alphabet and they are one of only 6 species, and the only non-mammal, that can recognize itself in the mirror.

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