Pigeons

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I have collected quite a few shots of pigeons around town in recent months.

Everyone knows of this bird as apparently they are found all over the world except in the Sahara Desert and Antarctica.

But did you know this about them? ...

> Pigeons have lived alongside humans for thousands of years, with images of them being found by archeologists in Iraq dating back to 3000 BC (although the place was called Mesopotamia back then.)

> They saved hundreds of thousands of human lives during the first and second world wars by carrying messages across enemy lines. One of them was even given a medal for its courageous work delivering a message even after being shot twice.

> Nowadays their poop is seen as a nuisance but in years gone by (16 - 18th century) it was very highly valued as the best fertilizer and armed guards had to protect their houses (called Dovecotes) from being robbed.

> One of the richest families ever, The Rothschilds, became so wealthy partially due to pigeons. They used to use them to carry messages between it's financial houses before the invention of telephones, ensuring they had the most up to date business information.

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> They mate for life and unlike any other birds their babies stay in the nest for a full two months. They're practically full grown when they emerge, which is why you never see any baby pigeons. (I got some good shots of baby robins last spring though, seen here.)

> Pigeons are one of the most intelligent birds alive, being able to recognize themselves in a mirror, one of the six species who are able to do so, and the only one that isn't a mammal. They are also able to learn to identify all 26 letters in the English language.

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And did you even want to know all that stuff about pigeons? lol

This fountain of pigeon knowledge came from this webpage called '21 Amazing Facts You Didn't Know About Pigeons'. Who knew?

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In closing, if you're so inclined to have a pigeon related laugh, here's a video of the Muppet Bert, doing the pigeon dance. This was always a favourite when I was a kid, and this dance was done plenty around our home.

Thank you for taking a look.
xo loulou
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4 Responses to Pigeons

  1. Vix says:

    What interesting pigeon facts! I know some Eastern religions believe pigeons are reincarnated ancestors or djins and revere them. I love their lilac feathered breast although they annoy me by bullying the other birds when we leave out bird seed. Great images. x

  2. rosyragpatch says:

    I liked your pigeon facts and photos. I was interested that they could recognise themselves in a mirror – I wonder if they are the only bird that can or whether it’s the only one scientist have tested? I’m pretty sure chaffinchs can’t recognise themselves – we had to close every curtain at the back of the house to try to stop reflections in the windows because a male chaffinch was attacking its reflection. I thought he was going to kill himself.

    • Loulou says:

      I’m happy you like them :) From what I read, pigeons are the only birds that can recognize themselves in a mirror. Wow, that must make quite a startling bang against your window when that bird attacks itself! I remember as a teen when a friend’s mother plucked and cooked a pheasant that accidentally killed itself against their window. She was a farm girl and knew how to do that but we were all a little discomfited by it.

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