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Parrots and Pigeons

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Pigeons and Doves
Parrots and Pigeons
© Dixie Allan

Did you see a Pigeon Or a Dove?

There are nearly 300 species of pigeons and doves. The terms "dove" and "pigeon" are used interchangeably, although smaller species are more likely to be called doves. The species commonly referred to just as the "pigeon" is the feral Rock Dove Pigeon.

The average lifespan of a pigeon is 10 to 15 years. The oldest recorded pigeon was estimated to be around 33 years.

Pigeons were imported by early settlers as a food source and also to serve as carriers of messages.

Can you imagine a road trip without missed exits, stubborn drivers, or the loss of a GPS signal? Probably not, but then you aren't a pigeon. Because of their amazing ability to find their way home, even over very large distances, homing pigeons have been used to deliver messages since the time of the early Egyptians.

Pigeons can fly thousands of miles to find the same roosting spot with no navigational difficulties. One study suggests that pigeons use familiar landmarks on the ground below to help find their way home.

These "work-horse" birds can fly up to 40 or 50 miles per hour and may fly as far as 600 miles a day. During the First World War a pigeon named Cher Ami saved the lives of many French soldiers by carrying a message across enemy lines in the heat of battle.

The pigeon has a small head compared to the size of the body and because of that pigeons were never considered to be intelligent. But pigeons are actually considered to be one of the most intelligent birds on the planet, being able to undertake tasks previously thought to be the sole preserve of humans and primates. The pigeon has also been found to pass the 'mirror test' (being able to recognize its reflection in a mirror) and is one of only six species, and the only non-mammal, that has this ability. The pigeon can also recognize all 26 letters of the English language. In scientific tests pigeons have been found to be able to differentiate between photographs and even differentiate between two different human beings in a photograph when rewarded with food for doing so.

Both of these species of birds are unique in their own way and they are alike in that each species is easily recognized. Some say they are both common because of that but I continue to say they are both unique beautiful creatures.

Below are links to clip art of pigeons and doves.

Fruit Dove

A Fluffy Pigeon in the Snow

A Plump Pigeon

A Rock Dove Pigeon

For more bird clip art Follow this link.

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