Pigeons are highly intelligent birds and model parents. Their hearts and minds are akin to our own. Pigeons have keen eyes and versatile perceptions. They can ﬂy over 90 miles an hour and ﬁnd their way home from thousands of miles away. Pigeons can live up to 10 or more years.
COURTSHIP AND FAMILY
Pigeon pairs stay together for life. They normally raise 5 or 6 families a year, two chicks at a time. When pigeons are courting, they coo and nibble each others’ necks affectionately. The male pigeon feeds his mate regurgitated food, which she receives by putting her beak into his in the practice known as “billing.”
City pigeons lay their eggs in nests they make together out of twigs, which they bring to windowsills and other high ledges. We seldom see the eggs or the babies, since usually either the mother or father pigeon is sitting on them, keeping them safe and warm. After about 17 days, the baby pigeons peck their way out of the eggs. The parent birds attentively feed and care for their nestlings for the next 4 or 5 weeks.
WHY DO PIGEONS LIKE CITIES?
SCIENCE SHOWS PIGEONS ARE EXTREMELY SMART
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