Birds are impressive. They have the freedom we crave, and the sky is their limit. Literally. Birds make us think of freedom, joy, peace… We enjoy their lovely songs, and it’s always great when you go outside and birds are chirping.
What about pigeons? They are everywhere. They symbolize peace in many cultures, and to be honest, these birds are popular in every part of the world.
Pigeons have been part of our world since forever. Historians say that pigeons were first spotted in Mesopotamia, modern Iraq, 3000BC.
Some experts believe that the common city pigeon also known as rock pigeon is probably the first bird humans domesticated.
Bird experts describe them as intelligent and complex. Their navigational abilities are impeccable, and these birds use the sun and their internal “magnetic compass” to guide their way.
A study conducted by experts from Oxford University showed that pigeons are able to use landmarks as signposts.
They fly along roads and motorways, and they are also able to change directions at junctions. Home impressive is that?
Ancient civilizations were well aware of these skills. In the past, people freed caged pigeons and followed their way to nearby lands. Ancient Greeks trained pigeons to carry the names of the winners of the Olympics.
In other words, pigeons are sociable, smart, and intelligent. They can find their home without a problem.
“They have been used in both world wars due to their skills in speed endurance and their homing abilities,” the Royal Pigeon Racing Association notes.
“They also have the ability to return to a central location so they are easy to keep—they always return. Meanwhile, pigeons have the ability to deliver messages; Julius Caesar used them in his battles to send messages to and from his troops and occupied areas.”
Do you know that Reuters used pigeons to deliver messages? These intelligent birds have been messengers in the past!
A 2017 study found that pigeons have the ability to understand the concept of space and time.
Just a small number of species can pass the “mirror test.” It’s a test of self-recognition, and yes, pigeons belong to this group.
Pigeons recognize letters and make differences between photographs. In case you were wondering, pigeons can also distinguish different people in the same photo.
They come in different sizes, shapes, and colors and we love them! Pigeons have long wings and strong flight muscles to endure long adventures.
They all have the same characteristic bobbing of the head. They are monogamous and live up to 20 years. They can reach heights of 6000 feet and fly at an average speed of 77.6 mp/h.
The smart birds protect and hide their nests and you can’t see the birdies until they are fully mature.
Pigeons are part of the Columbidae bird family, and doves are their close relatives. They live everywhere and some of them have unique feathers to fit in the environment.
Here are the most beautiful types of pigeons:
Pink-Necked Green Pigeon
The Nicobar Pigeon
Brown Frillback Pigeon
Victoria Crowned Pigeon
Pied Imperial Pigeon
English Trumpeter Pigeon
Black Helmet Pigeon
Old Dutch Capuchine
German Modena Pigeon
Pigeons were Picasso’s favorite birds. He named his daughter Paloma. It’s the Spanish word for pigeon. Yes, he loved these birds that much!