After I started taking photos, the Pigeons decided they didn’t like my camera AT ALL, and gave me their exact opinion of it! I think they were saying, “I turn my tail in your general direction!” (Shades of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail!”)
Pigeons are community birds, and they like to live in groups. Wikipedia has an interesting article on them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_Pigeon
Pigeons are related to Doves and do interbreed.
A great article on amazing Pigeon facts is worth the read, especially…ahem…number 14, Pigeon NAVIGATION! :)))) Here’s the link:
Here’s an example: Did you know that Pigeons are used as lifesavers, and they’re better at it than humans, than Navy Seals, than rescue workers? From the above article:
“Pigeons as lifesavers
Although pigeons are one of the most intelligent of all the bird species man has found limited uses for the birds other than for the purposes of sport, food and as a message carrier. A team of navy researchers, however, has found that pigeons can be trained to save human lives at sea with high success rates. Project Sea Hunt has trained a number of pigeons to identify red or yellow life jackets when floating in the water. The pigeons were not only found to be more reliable than humans but they were also many times quicker than humans when it came to spotting survivors from a capsized or sinking boat. The pigeon can see color in the same way that humans do but they can also see ultra-violet, a part of the spectrum that humans cannot see, and this is one of the reasons they are so well adapted to lifesaving.”
And finally, a few Pigeon relatives: