Pigeons And Doves Front Page

Pigeons – you cannot miss them when visiting Trafalgar square in London, the Duomo in Florence, Central Park in New York or possibly even sitting on your own balcony.

They are known for their loyalty, love, family life as well as being the most recognized symbol of peace. Sounds positive? Yet, a substantial market has developed for the purpose of trying to get rid of them …without much success…

                      

The Columbidae Family – The pigeon, first-cousin to the dove, is a bird that belongs to the Columbidae Family. There are many types of pigeons, most of them originating from the Rock Pigeon – a wild species that typically lives within crevices of rocky terrain. More than 300 species of the Columbidae family exist around the world including various types of doves, fantails, highflyers, tumblers and more…The Columbidae family has a few unique characteristics that distinguish them from most other types of birds – they feed their young on a form of milk rather than on insects, seeds or worms…

Doves and Pigeons Throughout History – Raising pigeons for food, communication and pleasure was already popular in the ancient world.  The pigeon, and its cousin the turtle dove, is mentioned in the bible more than any other bird. It is first mentioned in the story of Noa and the flood…

Pigeon Breeding – There are many thousands of pigeon fanciers around the world. These pigeon breeders manipulate planned matings (forced marriages) between domesticated pigeons in order to produce and emphasize specific desired traits – much like dog and horse breeders. The result is hundreds of unusual and sometimes strikingly beautiful pigeon breeds…

Pigeons as a Nuisance Most town pigeons are descended from cultivated pigeons that became wild. They breed frequently, multiplying at a rapid rate, and have become a substantial problem for the people they live beside.  When they were in captivity and under human control, their fast reproduction was an advantage, but when they started to breed as free agents they became a nuisance…

Videos – Part 1: Life of a Baby Pigeon – This group of videos shows the changes in a baby pigeon during its early period and then concentrates on the father’s patient endeavors to teach the youngster how to fly. (13 short videos)…

Videos – Part 2: A New Family Member – 

This second sequence of videos shows a new sibling squab born to the same parents before the first baby even knows how to fly. In this sequence we watch the parents feed the squab and we also get a glimpse of the way that pigeons communicate with each other. (5 short videos)…

 

 

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