Additional Information

  • Pigeons have been around since 3000 B.C
  • Captive pigeon dung was used as fertilizer.
  • Pigeons have been known to return to their nests from distances of up to 800 miles because they have a special homing ability.
  • Despite their reputation as dumb birds, Pigeons are considered to be very smart. The pigeon has been found to pass the "mirror test" recognizing reflection.
  • The reason why pigeons bob their heads when they walk is for depth perception. They have monocular sight so this allows them to see better.

City Pigeons

  • Feral Pigeons (Columba livia), also called rockdoves, city pigeons, or street pigeons, are derived from cliffs and mountains.
  • Feral pigeons (Naturally cliff dwelling birds) find the ledges of buildings to a substitute for sea cliffs, and have become adapted to urban life and are abundant in towns and cities throughout much of the world.
  • Size: 11 - 14 inches
  • Wingspan: 20 - 26 inches
  • Weight: 10 oz - 16 oz
  • Life Span: 4 - 8 years wild, 10-12 years captive.