The pigeon an urban success story
Pesky but pretty pigeon hides navigational secrets
Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 06:00 am
Plump bird with small head, a wide, round, black-tipped tail and red feet. Typically blue-grey with two black bars on the wings, but can also be black, white, brown or any combination of those colours. Wings audibly clap together on takeoff.
Huddling around park benches or under bridges, pecking at the ground, cooing. Will take off en-masse and do laps in the air when startled.
Occasionally confused with:
Mourning doves, which are grey-brown with black spots on their wings and a long, pointed tail. Eurasian collared-doves look like pigeons but have a black collar around their neck.
Egyptian hieroglyphics suggest that humans domesticated pigeons more than 5,000 years ago.