Grace, fearless protector of winged rats, hear me ROAR!!!
Winged rats? You've been hanging with the wrong crowd. Pigeons are dumb.
To an extent, yes since they stay where they are unwanted and thus get themselves killed.
They poop on people's heads.
They do, and on their buildings and other property.
I suppose they do have such a sense, but where they congregate really has a bad odor too ....
That's what some people say about pigeons. In fact, that's what a lot of people say about these birds.
And nothing refutes those points or any other problem? They have different colors does not offset the damages they inflict on society.
But did you ever notice that pigeons come in so many colors and feather patterns? Did you ever notice their shiny, rainbow-like neck feathers or their red feet? Did you ever notice the interesting way that pigeons coo and strut?
The fact is, pigeons are special.
They are special because there is such variety in the way they look. Blue Jays all look very much alike, and so do robins and cardinals. But find a flock of pigeons and you will see white ones and gray ones. You will see pigeons with blue-gray feathers and pigeons with red feathers. You will see solid-colored pigeons and speckled pigeons. Look long enough and you will be able to tell them apart, give them names, and get to know their habits.
Pigeons are special because they can fly very fast. In fact, some can fly 50 miles per hour!
Pigeons also have very strong "homing instincts" that help them find their way back from far away. Pigeons make great pets, too.
Many people build little houses called "coops" for pigeons in their backyards or on rooftops. They let their pet pigeons fly free because, unlike canaries or parrots, pigeons will come back home.
There is one other thing that is special about pigeons. This is the fact that bird scientists know less about city pigeons than they do about many other wild birds. It is surprising that such a common bird is such a mystery. But because they are everywhere, scientists seem to have overlooked them.
Only recently did many scientists realize how interesting pigeons are. They have many questions about them. For example, they want to know why pigeons come in so many colors. They want to know how pigeons choose their mates. These questions are important because the answers will tell us not only about pigeons but about birds in general. The answers also will help us learn more about other wildlife, about our land and skies, and about ourselves as "human animals."