Everything you need to know about the biology of a bird

The pigeon may be the most commonly recognized bird of any creature in the air. It is not that they are the most abundant or even the most unusual looking. What makes them so recognizable to most people is that the bird is so commonly found everywhere you go. Like rats and mice, pigeons have learned to live off of the innovation and “generosity” of people, and this is help them to become one of the most recognizable birds on the planet. The pigeon comes from the same class of birds as doves do, and they are actually quite similar to one another. This is quite unusual because the dove is seen as such a special bird while pigeons are often treated with disdain.

Some larger species of birds can reach up to 9 pounds which is a rather large size for any bird. However, the most common types of pigeons weigh no more than just a few ounces with their wingspan spreading between 19 to 26 inches. The domestic pigeon, which was used as a carrier pigeon during World War II, is the most common one found in nature this is the pigeon that you will see around your yard, around buildings, and virtually everywhere you go it seems. It is their ability to return to a location even if that location is several thousand miles away that makes the pigeons a very distinctive animal.

During breeding time, the mail pigeon will choose a female to copulate with. The female then lays eggs, somewhere between four and 10 eggs at a time, which hatch within a few weeks of one another. Baby pigeons, which are commonly called squeakers, remain with the mother until they reach a level of maturity where they are able to fly on their own. Once a pigeon is able to fly, it is deemed by the mother as able to fend for itself to find food and other necessities. A pigeon is most often found in locations where people are at. This is why you find them an abundance in large cities, where they live and look for food in areas where there are parks, along sidewalks, or in dumpsters. Because of the structures that people build in the waste that they dispose of, they create the most perfect environment for a pigeon to be able to survive.

No one should believe that the big cities are the only areas that birds find amenable. They are often located along beach areas, in the country, or in other areas where food and shelter are in abundance. These birds are true scavengers, meaning that they will eat just about anything, and so a dead fish along the shore or a decaying beaver out in the wild poses just as appetizing a meal for a pigeon as does a hamburger or leftover pizza. Surprisingly, pigeons are considered a delicacy in many locations. Like pheasant or squab, many enjoy a pigeon as a meal.

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