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Pigeon Facts

Updated on April 13, 2011

Interesting Pigeon Facts

Here are a few interesting facts about pigeons. You can share your views about pigeons and this article by commenting at the end of this page.


In the 17th century, all pigeon droppings were considered the property of crown in England. These droppings were used in making gun powder.

Pigeons have lived alongside humans for a long time as the oldest images of pigeons ever found date back to 3000 BC. These images were found by archeologists in Iraq.

They have excellent eyesight and can see colors. They can even see ultraviolet light which humans can't see. Due to their exceptional eyesight, pigeons are sometimes used as aides in human search and rescue missions.

Pigeons have also been mentioned in the Bible.

Males are slightly larger than the females.

Pigeons were used as a means of communication in wars as this method of communication couldn't be jammed. Interestingly, some armies still use keep pigeons.

The passenger pigeon, which was one of the most commonly found birds on earth if not the most commonly found, is now one of the extinct birds. In early 1800s, there were between 3 to 5 billion passenger pigeons in North America.

Pigeons feed their hatch-lings with a secretion called pigeon milk. Both males and females produce it.

Their eggs take 18-19 days of incubation to hatch.

Rock pigeons were originally domesticated as a food species.

Queen Elizabeth of England has lofts of pigeons at her estate in Sandringham, Norfolk.

Pigeon is considered a sacred bird in sikhism and feeding pigeons is considered a virtue that will bring some benefits.

Today, a few species of doves and pigeons are threatened with extinction.

Pigeons and doves together constitute the bird family Columbidae. Although the terms 'pigeon' and 'dove' are used interchangeably but there is a small difference between the two. Doves are smaller species while the larger species are called pigeon.

In the early 1800s the Rothschild family used pigeons as a source of communication set up a network of pigeon lofts throughout Europe for this purpose. This method proved to be much speedy and secure and helped them in increasing the amount of their wealth.

Owls, raccoons and eagles are among common predators in the north. Cats are a common predator of pigeons on the ground.

They can reach puberty when they are just about six months old and can live for about 10 to 15 years.

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    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      I am glad you found my hub informative. Thanks for stopping by Fuscia!

    • fucsia profile image

      fucsia 

      7 years ago

      I like all birds, also the pigeons. But I did not know this things! thanks for sharing

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Minnetonka!! :)

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      LOL!

      Never saw them that way Vivkie. But got to notice the special effects. :)

    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      What a fun hub on fyi's on pigeons. I could use without the droppings but love the information.

    • Vickie Bovender profile image

      Vickie Bovender 

      7 years ago from Southeastern US

      My husband calls pigeons "freighters" because of their size. I love to watch them come down, one by one, from a power line - they remind me of planes waiting to take off in the old war movies. Enjoyed the read!

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      7 years ago

      Hahaha!!

      I too won't mind if they take all the droppings except they are a great fertilizer for plants and I love gardening also. :)

    • DavitosanX profile image

      DavitosanX 

      7 years ago

      Now THAT I didn't know :D Pigeons are quite interesting! Who knew? I like pigeons alright, except for the droppings. The English royalty can keep all of that!

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