Did you Know these Facts About Pigeons?

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Pigeons are one of the most commonly found birds in the world. From pooping on your cars to ruining balconies and park benches, they are everywhere. In India, certain birds like peacocks, sparrows, crows, pigeons, and parakeets are found easily. There are over 250 known species of pigeons around the world, out of which the domestic white pigeon is considered the “dove of peace”. Did you know that pigeons are actually an intelligent bird species? Here are some interesting facts about pigeons.

Amazing Fun Facts About Pigeon

  1. Pigeons have passed the mirror test, also known as the test of self-recognition.
  1. They have an internal magnetic compass which helps them navigate along with the sun as their guide.
  1. Pigeons live in deciduous forests, arboreal environments, and temperate woods. 
  1. They can easily adapt to rural and urban environments
  1. Pigeons have excellent vision and can distinguish between the different tones of the same colour. 
  1. They can distinguish up to five spectral bands. 
  1. Pigeons have excellent hearing abilities. They can detect sounds at far lower frequencies than humans. 
  1. They are considered a sign of peace and the Holy Spirit in Christianity.  
  1. Pigeons were earlier used to send the signal for help from sinking ships. 
  1. Pictography of tamed pigeons, also known as rock doves, was found in clay tablets of the Mesopotamian period. 
  1. Pigeon droppings and feathers carry illnesses as they act as the breeding grounds for different germs and viruses. 
  1. Their faeces are acidic in nature and can potentially ruin the roof and balcony. 
  1. Pigeons are social birds and are often seen in big flocks of 20-30 birds.
  1. Pigeons are known to mate for life. However, if one of them dies, the remaining one will attempt to find a new partner. 
  1. Both male and female pigeons share the responsibility of caring for the young chicks. 
  1. Newly hatched pigeons stay in the nest for up to six weeks. This is longer than most bird species. 
  1. Both male and female pigeons can produce milk in their crop, located in the oesophagus and meant to store food. This milk is full of fats, nutrients, and antioxidants. 
  1. In captivity, pigeons can live up to 15 years or longer. 
  1. The peak breeding season comes in spring and fall. 
  1. It is believed that pigeons saved thousands of human lives during World War I and II. 

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