Look up in the sky! It’s … a pigeon! Chances are you’ve seen these brave birds flitting about your own neighborhood. They may be common, but many people don’t realize how fascinating and complex pigeons are.
Pigeons mate for life.
Because pigeons hang out in flocks, you may not have noticed that they couple up. They stay in flocks to protect themselves from predators, but pigeon parents raise their young together. How sweet is that?
They control their own population.
The number of pigeons in an area will naturally stabilize depending on food supply and other factors, so don’t worry your pretty little head about that!
Poisoning pigeons doesn’t help control the population.
First of all, can we please NOT poison animals? The poison that pest-control companies use on animals often causes them tremendous suffering. Poisoned birds can sometimes struggle for hours with erratic flight, disorientation, and violent convulsions before dying.😢 Second, research has shown that killing birds disrupts breeding cycles and can actually INCREASE a flock’s size by up to 15 percent!
Humans are at little to no health risk from pigeons.
Pest-control companies try to freak people out about this, but pigeons pose little or no health risk to most humans. There are some diseases that can be transmitted to humans from contact with bird poop, but even the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says that this risk is “small.”
Pigeons are crazy-talented.
They have great eyesight and hearing as well as an impressive memory. A study found that they also understand human transport routes and often rely on that knowledge for navigation more than their own internal magnetic compasses. (Oh yeah, they also have internal magnetic compasses! 😉)
Now that you know how extraordinary pigeons are, hopefully, you’ll have a new appreciation for them! All animals have unique and complex personalities, and they all deserve compassion.