Birds are among the most beautiful creatures on our planet, with their rich and colorful plumages. Moreover, their cheerful songs are the most relaxing melody one can listen to!
Have you ever wondered why pigeons are so popular all around the world? These birds have lived close to people for thousands of years, with the first recordings dating back to Mesopotamia, modern Iraq, in 3000BC.
Some scientists claim that the common city pigeon (the rock pigeon) might have been the very first bird that humans have ever domesticated.
These intelligent, yet, complex animals, have outstanding navigational abilities and use the sun as a guide and an internal ‘magnetic compass’. According to an Oxford University study, pigeons can use landmarks as signposts and travel along roads and motorways, even changing direction at junctions.
People were aware of these skills of pigeons since at least 3000 BC and used to set caged pigeons free and then follow them to nearby land.
In ancient Greece, pigeons were trained to carry the results of the Olympics! They are very smart, highly sociable, and are always able to find their home!
The Royal Pigeon Racing Association explains:
“They have been used in both world wars due to their skills in speed endurance and their homing abilities.
They also have the ability to return to a central location so they are easy to keep—they always return. Meanwhile, pigeons have the ability to deliver messages; Julius Caesar used them in his battles to send messages to and from his troops and occupied areas.”
Plus, pigeons once delivered messages for Reuters, the world’s largest news organization.
A 2017 study proved that pigeons understand the concepts of space and time.
Moreover, they are one of only a small number of species to pass the ‘mirror test’ – a test of self-recognition. Pigeons can also recognize each letter of the human alphabet, differentiate between photographs, and even distinguish different people in a photo.
Pigeons come in various sizes and shapes, and some of the rarer species will surely mesmerize you!
These gentle, plump, small-billed birds are strong and swift fliers, due to their long wings and powerful flight muscles.
All pigeons strut about with a characteristic bobbing of the head. These birds are monogamous and can live to the age of 20. They fly at altitudes up to and beyond 6000 feet, and at an average speed of 77.6 mph.
Pigeons hide their nests well, and the young ones remain there until they are fully mature.
They are simply amazing!
Pigeons belong to the bird family Columbidae, together with doves. They can be found in many habitats, and their intricate markings, amazing colors, and unique feathers help them blend into outstanding settings.
Have you ever seen these magnificent types of them?
Pink-Necked Green Pigeon
The Nicobar Pigeon
Brown Frillback Pigeon
Victoria Crowned Pigeon
Pied Imperial Pigeon
English Trumpeter Pigeon
Black Helmet Pigeon
Old Dutch Capuchine
German Modena Pigeon
Pigeons are marvelous!
Can you now understand why Picasso loved them so much that he even named his daughter Paloma, which is Spanish for pigeon?