Welcome to the Feral Pigeon Project

Feral pigeons (Columba livia) can easily be overlooked as we go about our daily lives. Yet, these seemingly familiar birds have many secrets still to reveal. The fact that they have been successful is clear, yet the means behind their success is less understood. Descended from the rock dove which traditionally nested on cliffs, domesticated birds inevitably escaped and founded feral populations across the globe.

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Scientists have long wondered why feral pigeon populations show such plumage diversity compared to other feral animals. Generally, feral animals revert to the wild or ancestral type (in this case a blue-bar colouration), yet towns and cities are full of pigeons of a wide variety of colours. The question is, what causes this variation? Is it that female pigeons are choosing particular coloured males or vice versa? Are particular coloured pigeons more or less vulnerable to predation?

Given that the ancestral rock dove populations were all of the same colouration, what is the process behind any differences in mate choice by either sex and are certain coloured pigeons more productive?

My name is Adam Rogers and I am investigating the trends currently found in feral pigeon plumages and hoping to uncover some fascinating findings.

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With YOUR help, I hope to build up a nationwide picture of feral pigeons in the 21st century.

There are sure to be many new findingsĀ to be had which may not only tell us about feral pigeon ecology but also the ecology of other bird species.

I look forward to sharing with you the findings of prior research and my own future projects.

106 thoughts on “Welcome to the Feral Pigeon Project

  1. It always a pleasure to meet people like you Adam as we need people like you.. Good luck with the project.

      • I’ve also long been a fan and a student (casual) of the urban pigeon. So glad someone has taken it up seriously. Will try to let you know about the flocks in my area (Clerkenwell, EC1).
        Thank you ,Adam!
        Ulrike

        • That’s fantastic, thank you Ulrike. Some of the best science has been conducted by ‘amateur’ naturalists, all you need is an enquiring mind. Good luck counting your flock.

  2. Hope I’m able to see it! I’m from Saskatchewan, Canada, so I can’t wait. Will follow website as well! I have two! One I rescued as a five day old squeaker and the other was approx. a month or little older when I got him. Love them dearly.

    Thank you!
    Wendy E.

    • Fantastic – thanks for helping rescue them. Living closely with any animal is a great way to truly understand them.

  3. As interesting and unusual a study as I heard of for some time. I’ll try my best to help you.
    Steve

    • Thanks Steve – I’m overwhelmed at the support I have received since the show was aired.

  4. Happy to help with your project Adam, we are great pigeon fans and have observed many examples of their surprising intelligence.

  5. Didn’t realise how rare wild Rock Doves are but on a recent trip to Tenerife we saw their rarer relatives. These are fascinating birds and well worth your time Adam. Will be following your website and sending you feedback but here in rural Kent we mostly see Collard Doves and Wood Pigeons, both regular ground feeders from the spoils of the bird feeders

    • Thanks Kent. You’re not wrong, the true wild rock doves are very rare these days, however, in some ways the feral pigeon has shown that it has the adaptability to beat its wild ancestors. Sad on one hand yet pretty amazing on another.

  6. I have a daughter who enjoys feeding the pigeons in our garden we will help u and good luck.

    • Thanks Jenny, it’s great to hear your daughter enjoys being with nature, definitely something to be nurtured.

  7. Not sure there are many feral pigeons here in the wet Wild West of Wales,but certainly happy to help.Bill,Lampeter

  8. I have always loved feeding the pigeons and marvelling at all the different colour variations and also all the daft antics they do and while in spain we were feeding them on our balcony and found that the spainish pigeons could eat whole peanuts with no effort . Keep up the good work.

    • Hi Claire,

      They certainly are comical birds and great fun to watch. Their ability to consume seemingly MASSIVE seeds and nuts is astonishing.

  9. Thought I’d share that last year I had a pigeon family in my garden, a cottage in the country in central Scotland. There were the parents and 3 young. One of the young fell out of the nest while it was still very young. It spent the next couple of weeks sheltering and keeping under cover, with a little help from me. Parents were very attentive. Once it mastered the art of flying it was up in the trees, family reunited.

  10. Adam
    I have been a ken lover of nature for some 60 years. Our offices backed on to a semi-derelict paint factory in Stockport, Cheshire. The feral pigeons thought it was Christmas every day – they used the paint factory building (that was originally a brewery) for roosting, posturing, breeding & rearing. Over the winter months the factory has been demolished and maybe up to 200 birds seem totally lost. They are finding it very difficult to locate to alternative sites and are considered a nuisance at work when they use our offices to seek shelter. I have noticed that my bird table (some 3 miles away) is continually visited by these birds that until recently have never been seen before. They are an ingenious breed that continually compete at the bird table with larger wood pigeons and display an incredible cross section of plumage – from the traditional rock dove to completely mottled white feathers.
    I will continue to put feed out for all the birds and will be interested to see how they fare. Good luck with your research.
    John

    • Thanks for getting in touch John – it is so sad to heat about these situations. They have such fidelity to their nesting sites that they must be very distressed when they are demolished.

      Fingers crossed they soon settle down and thank you for keeping an eye out for them.

  11. I live in Caernarfon, North Wales and we have loads of pigeons. I did not realise the difference between the pigeons. So now I will know to look out for the “2 bars”, “pied” and “speckled” :-)

  12. The Following references may be of interest:
    Howes, C.A. (2009) Street Pigeons: a preliminary study of feral Rock Doves in central Doncaster. Lapwing Special Series 14: 8-13. (Doncaster & Dist. Orn. Soc).

    Preliminary work on Feral Pigeon colour form trends across Yorkshire (presented on a Poster Display for the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union Conference on the Yorkshire Coast 2006) I presented the following:
    Town %Blue Bar %Blue Chequer % Red & Others
    (inc. black)
    Bempton 78 21 1
    Whitby 48 46 6
    Scarborough 45 50 5
    Doncaster 39 43 18
    Leeds 23 58 19
    Bridlington 20 64 16
    Guisbrough 18 64 18
    Hull 18 75 7
    York 9 82 9
    Sheffield 5 90 5

    Hope this is of use. Your project has goaded me into continuing with the counts during 2013. … Amazing what you can get up to in retirement and with a bus pass!!

    Regards Colin Howes

    • Hi Colin, thanks so much for getting in touch and for the fantastic information. The variation between towns is remarkable, especially between Bempton and Guisbrough. This has certainly confirmed to me the wonder of these birds!

      I’m so glad I’ve spurred you on to continuing your counts, this is such interesting data and can be used for so many purposes.

  13. Living 15 miles South of Central London, surrounded by fields, we have a fabulous diversity of feral pigeons. I feed the song birds so the garden is full of pigeons as soon as the word spreads, I will spend half an hour today checking the markings, which I am alsways telling my husband and son are spectacular. Do they breed with Doves? We have a few very white pigeons.

    • Hi Jennie, thanks for getting in touch. Pigeons and white doves both belong to the same species, Columba livia and can happily interbreed. I agree with you about their plumages, they really are spectacular!

  14. Pigeons nested in my roof in Dec and hatched 2 on Dec 21st. Both fledged successfully. Parent birds were very different – one marbled one and one with the two wing bars. Amazing birds – well done on giving them good publicity!

  15. Interested in your item on 17th Jan2013. This pigeon was feeding on our patio late afternoon Sun 13th Jan 2013, stayed until after dark. We thought it was very weak and would not survive. We were pleased and surprised to see it back and feeding again at lunchtime Thursday. This morning it was sitting on the fence quite a while, but didn’t see it feeding. Until we saw your item , we thought it was a tame one. we can not see a ring. She is beautiful. We are SW 20 _ KT3 boundary.

  16. so interested in this. please email me for a flckr link to some birds I’ve watched for several years. Chris

  17. i didnt realise that there were different types of common pigeon. i have some outside the window eating seed and some are checkrered, others blue stripe, brown and white , dark ones and white ones. i live in walsall west midlands

      • I live “up the road” In Wednesfield, Wolverhampton and by experience/age know that this area has been traditionally a racing pigeon hotspot for decades. Just missed filming one day an attack by something like a kestrel or sparrowhawk on a flock of racing pigeons stretching their wings. Escapees from these flocks form the basis of a number of feral pigeons through interbreeding.

        • You’re right Francis, lost racing birds do certainly add to the mix, however, they tend not to have a large impact on feral genetics. This is due to their larger size making them less well suited to a feral environment.

  18. January 18th 2013

    Having watched the programme on pigeons last night, I got off the bus early this morning in Edinburgh city centre and hurrying along the pavement I passed a solitary pigeon eating vomit!! I was so disgusted I didnt notice what type it was!
    Winter survivors? ………….YES!

    • What a shocking sight Jennifer! Yet, what an amazing sign of nature making the most of every possible opportunity.

  19. my name is ruth and i LOVE pigeons and doves. i dont own any but i love to feed them in town and in my garden, i love taking photos of them as well. i have rescued 3 so far. i love these beautiful birds.

  20. I have lots of different Feral pigeons that visit my garden feeder. I can have a mob of up to a dozen different types visit at any one time. I live in Canton Cardiff near the railway and under one of the bridges near by scores of them live and breed I find when I go out I can half dozen sat on my house roof waiting as soon as I go they flock in.

    • Thanks for getting in touch David – Pigeons are amazingly adaptable birds. Railway bridges are a key nesting sight for many of the urban flocks.

  21. Always get a few ferals in my garden, along with wood pigeons and blackbirds, but had about 18 today eating the other birds out of house and home! Mrs. Blackbird has seen them off a few times, but I think they have all had a good feed.

  22. Loved your item about feral pigeons on Winter watch- I am a big fan of pigeons and regularly rescue pigeons in distress. I have a small flock of ferals that come into my garden everyday for grain- mostly they are chequered but we also have blue bars and the occasional pied, plus a large number of very dark single colour pigeons- they are all beautiful !

    • I couldn’t agree more Mary – they really are stunning. I’m glad you enjoyed the piece on Winterwatch, the response has been fantastic!

  23. Great work adam, I’ve been studying pigeons a lot closer this past year as they
    land on my balcony here in birmingham often, but i’ve not seen a feral pigeon
    land in the trees, yet wood pigeons land on every surface I can see, is there a
    reason for this. Thanks.

    • Great observation Ken and brilliant question – The ancestor of feral pigeons, the rock dove, traditionally nests on cliffs, whereas wood pigeons tend to nest in trees. Equally, they both have different feeding habits, with wood pigeons eating more in the way of fruit and berries than feral pigeons, that prefer to feed on the ground. If you compare the walking gait of feral pigeons and wood pigeons, you will notice that wood pigeons have more of a ‘waddle’ this is due to their tree living habits. Their shorter legs enable them to safely walk in the branches, at the expense of walking in the ground as easily. Feral pigeons have slightly longer legs, which enables them to walk quickly on level ground, it does however come at the expense of perching ability – feral pigeons tend to be rather clumsy when perching in trees!

  24. My friends call me the ‘pigeon whisperer’ because ive been feeding and observing flocks of pigeons, of all types, in my garden for at least 15 years. I still have a pair of regulars, a male blue bar and his mate, and they have been visiting regularly for at least a decade. I fed them all in the snow today. I also feed a pair of wood pigeons – the male has a damaged beak so he can only pick up carefully chosen lumps of bird fat with sunflower hearts stuck in it. I once fed a racing pigeon that landed on my garden wall. I asked him what was the matter and he yawned so it was obvious that he just needed food and a rest before flying off again! Needless to say i love the pigeons, which is surprising because i was phobic about them during childhood. Keep up the good work Adam – it was a pleasure to watch you talking about these often unloved birds, which is mainly due to ignorance, so raising their profile is admirable.

    • Thank you Annie – it’s great to hear the pigeons in your area are so well looked after.

  25. Adam, you’ve really started something now!
    Can you advise me please. We have a dove cote and our colony is a mixture of white pigeons and a variety of colours. We have never interfered with this natural and wild group, other to feed and water them. (We live in woodland close to farmland). We do wonder if the white gene is dominant because we always have large numbers of white birds (and we have supported this group for 15 to 20 years). Do you have any thoughts on this?
    Carol

    • Thanks for getting in touch Carol and what a fab question – In all honesty, pigeon genetics is very complicated, and the white colour is one of the most complicated. Many breeding combinations can produce white offspring and there are eight separate ‘types’ of white pigeon. Here is a fab page that goes into it in lots of details, though it still blows my mind when I try to get my head round it!

      http://www.angelfire.com/ga3/pigeongenetics/WHITE.html

  26. Regarding Jennifer’s observation of a street pigeon in Edinburgh feeding on VOMIT!

    In Doncaster a few frosty/snowy winters ago an entire Chinese meal regurgitated onto the deep and crisp and even snow was for several days feasted on by Carrion crows, Starlings and Street pigeons. It was particularly interesting to see how the species focussed on specific ingredients … the pigeons concentrating on the Noodle component!
    Regards, Colin Howes

    • Brilliantly observed Colin – It’s amazing that the pigeons knew which item would have the largest carbohydrate content. Studies have shown that pigeons can amend their internal digestive enzymes so they can live on a high protein or high carbohydrate diet, without becoming deficient in nutrients. Amazing birds!

  27. I have just seen your item on Winterwatch and was fascinated and delighted to see it. I have become more and more interested in pigeons over the years. They are wild birds all around us and yet I certainly know very little about them. Good luck with your research and I will do all I can to help.

    • Thank you Helen, taking just a few minutes to stop and watch pigeons can tell you so much about their behaviour. They really are fascinating birds.

  28. Hello Adam,
    It was a pleasure to see (on Winterweatch) your interesting research on pigeons – a bird that has had some unfair criticism from an ex London Mayor and certain pest control companies. How ironic that some of the people who mistakenly consider them “flying rats” could owe their lives to a pigeon, as throughout recent history they have saved lives in various wars, carrying vital messages. Besides which they symbolise Peace, and the Holy Spirit, are immune to bird flu, can travel huge distances to return to their home (still a puzzle to science) and are probably the most friendly bird of them all. I have photographs of my mother feeding birds at trafalgar square, then later myself. What a pity they have been banned by short sighted politicians as often a pigeon is an elderly persons friend, and a young city childs first experience of accessible nature. Well done and good luck with your project.
    Sincerely,
    Hayden

    • Thank you Hayden, that’s very kind of you. Aside from the science, I am hoping this project will help people to look differently at the wildlife we have around us. The trend towards sanitisation of of our towns and cities is such a shame but I hope that by encouraging people to take a few minutes to stop and enjoy our pigeons, maybe this trend can be halted.

  29. Hi, I’m a lightweight newcomer to nature inspired by the …watch series’ and as a result have a mixed views of feral pigeons but any negative ones are borne by my place of work which is a bus garage. Over the years due to their clever exploitation of their environment they have often colonised the roof framework and bred like, erm, rabbits. This brings a problem due to their droppings being deposited all over the place, sometimes on people but mainly on toolboxes etc. Until recently they were “controlled” unofficially by employees and a powerful air rifle but Health and Safety have stepped in and ceased this practise but the droppings are getting very intense. Humane disposal methods have been tried eg a company employing people and a medium sized bird of prey (sorry for lack of detail) and flashing lasers at them (anyone for aerial laser tag?) but with limited success. Any recommendations put forward by the company involved were deemed too expensive so an unofficial assassination is on the cards. Are there any other solutions you guys can suggest? Btw good choice of music for Chris’s song title covert insertions.

    • Thanks for getting in touch Francis – I’m no expert, but there are legal implications with pigeon culling. Certain requirements need to be met, including proof that all other non-lethal alternatives have been tried and failed. If a cull is occurring without such evidence, then it is likely to be illegal. You can inform you local wildlife crime officer who can investigate the cull on your behalf.

      You can find useful information in the PICAS site: http://www.picasuk.com/

      • I wonder what you think a roof is for if not to keep the outside world out. I don’t believe the droppings falling on people is not as great as you pretend and if it is can I suggest washing it off whilst not becoming mentally tainted with revenge. As for the people with air pistols (which should be rightfully banned in Britain) they were obviously trigger happy when they bought them. It sounds to me you have people who resent the existance of the natural world as God made it and need to learn to share with the variety of life. After all our predecessors have already removed many species from Britain and you should be harbouring more wildlife than just pigeons.

  30. I’ve always been a bit miffed at all the pigeons nicking all the birdfood in the garden. Sometimes it seemed that they were the only birds I saw in the garden (although I’m now visited by about 6 or so goldfinches) but I really enjoyed the piece on BBC Winterwatch the other evening and now see pigeons in a different light… I seem to get a good variety of them.

    • That’s wonderful Penny, it’s great that you can see how wonderful they are. If you’re not getting as many birds as you’d like, try feeding sunflower hearts. They may be a little pricey but you’ll be amazed at the number of birds that adore them.

  31. Hi Adam,
    What a great project. I take photos of wildlife as a hobby but never thought of pigeons as a a good subject. Watch out local parks and town centres I’m on the hunt with camera in hand. I ask myself “why did I not think of doing something like this?”.

    • That’s brilliant Bob! They can make such comical photo subjects, especially if you get down very low and shoot into the flock. Good luck with your new photo subject!

  32. Our garden backs onto fields and I feed the birds via a large hanging bird feeder and I fill seed trays on the ground for the many collared doves and wood pigeons which frequent the garden every day. Recently, a bird appeared in the dove flock and on researching my bird reference book, I identified it as a rock dove. However,after watching Winterwatch I am wondering if it is a feral pigeon instead. It definitely belongs to the dove flock and in fact attacks the wood pigeons quite aggressively when they are all feeding together. It has the two black bars across it’s back and is white underneath and has the bright blue/green neck. Advice please ?

    • Your garden sounds wonderful Maureen! It is likely the bird you have spotted is a feral pigeon rather than a rock dove. Due to changes in farming, true rock doves are now very rare. They are now confined to the wildest parts of Scotland. Feral pigeons have begun to take the places of rock doves on the coastal areas too.

      It may have been a stock dove, given that you live near fields – they’re lovely little birds. Here is the RSPB page on them for you to check:

      http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/s/stockdove/index.aspx

  33. Thank you so much for promoting these most curious birds. I understand that in London their numbers are actually declining. I would be delighted to contribute to your study, and will certainly be downloading your spotting guide. Where I live there are lots of feral pigeons (and some woodies too). The patterns and combinations are beautiful. I am particularly fond of the ones with white wing feathers, alternating with dark flights. I have often wondered whether they know how magnificent they look compared to the others; having seen your feature on Winterwatch I am sure they do!

    • Thanks for getting in touch Lisa and thank you for your help – I’m certain feral pigeons know how beautiful they are. When they bathe, they almost look as if they are admiring themselves as they clean their feathers. This video illustrates the point perfectly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4_fuDTyXDM

  34. Great to see another true pal to the pigeons. You might like to have a read of my blog sometime. I was the first pigeon to start telling it how it is for the pigeons of London. Been doing it since 2006. Kid you not. Best thing about it is how many pals to us pigeons there are out there.
    Keep up the good work. I’m off to do some sledging.
    Your pal
    Brian Pigeon

  35. Went to a local lake yesterday to take photos of the snow but after watching winterwatch I got distracted by the pigeons. Posted some shots on my flickr pages.

  36. What is the main difference between wild pigeons and racing pigeons? Is it through breeding?

    • That’s right Paul – Rock doves were domesticated and produced ‘racing’ pigeons, these in tern escaped and formed what we now know as feral pigeons.

  37. I have around 170 feral pigeons (and pigeon feeding Peregrine) from my office window at the moment and hope to give this a go.

    Stephen

    • Thanks Stephen – the growth of the peregrine population is another proof that pigeons are great!

  38. hi , Hayden , just read your piece on the pigeon . actually its the dove that represents the Holy Spirit.. we have both feral and woodpigeons in the garden but due to the snow many have dissappeared as so have garden birds.

  39. Hi Sue. I am still a bit confused about the difference between doves and pigeons, and you can see why if you seek clarifiction about the difference on google. The RSPB website does not make it ny clearer. Ironically, the white bird released at weddings or funerals is often a white homing pigeon.
    That aside, I’ve always been amused by the humourous rhyme;
    There was a young man from Dijon
    who couldn’t get on with religion,
    He said “Oh my God this thing is so odd
    the Father the Son — and the Pigeon”

  40. Thanks for your reply Adam. I’m sure you know that pigeons are amazingly intelligent birds and very well organised. My neighbour hates them so they fly suspiciously low over her washing line every time! They cost me a fortune in sunflower hearts and ignore any attempts to give them anything else, but they are great friends every day.

  41. Hello Adam,
    Wondered if you could clarify the difference between the dove and the pigeon for me as I have often heard the phrase “doves are pigeons and pigeons are doves”. Very pleased to see that your programme has given the humble pigeon some positive publicity at last. Thanks for that Adam.

  42. We have a small back garden, which we have a variety of wild birds on the bird feeders and wood pigeons which clean the seeds of the ground, on Sunday there where between 8 & 14 wood pigeons, one of them was white with odd grey feathers its head was grey with a 3/4 white ring round its neck it had a square tail, I was to slow with my camera. Could you tell me if it was cross racer/wood pigeon p.s it was a large bird.

  43. I haven’t seen any actual pigeons since your program as the weather has been too inclement to venture out but what a wonderful sight it was to see them on my television box with you. I shall follow your project with great interest Mr Rogers.

  44. Hi, I feed a small flock of pigeons on my local field along with black headed gulls and I think herring gulls and occasional lesser black backed gulls, in the winter. The pigeons get along very well with the gulls for the most part. The pigeons I mostly get are checkered and red two barred types. It’s a flock of around 15 birds. I am in Crewe Cheshire.

  45. Hi Adam

    My wife Is from BUENOS AIRES we have a flat in the centre and during 2011 to 2012 we lived there and I noticed the pigeons were very different from anywhere else in the world Ive ever seen them!

    1. An unusually large percentage of them are the “Red” ones

    2. All the pigeons (though the same ubiquitous species we are used to) are bigger and more colourful! Its hard to explain but they really are all bigger and better than anywhere else! They may be city dwelling feral pigeons but they look like prize winning show birds! I cant explain or offer any explanation why this may be so because Buenos Aires would appear to offer no more or less than any other city around the world apart from the hot weather in summer and the mild winters but then the pigeons in Sydney dont look so good! They look just like the ones here in Bristol! I bored my wife with that every time we went out but it was so noticable!

    3. If you feed the pigeons in Barcelona you may see some bright green ones! They are ofcourse feral Quaker parakeets but they pitch in with the pigeons when there is free food! The Quaker parakeets in Buenos Aires dont seem to mix with the pigeons at all!

    • Hi James,

      The pigeons in Buenos Aires sound fantastic – I’d love to see some photos the next time you visit!

      I wonder if there is something in the environment that causes the red plumage to be more successful than the other plumage. It really is fascinating!

      In Hawaii there is a large population of all white pigeons – this is thought to be due to a lack of predators.

      Thanks again for getting in touch.

  46. I was fascinated by the feature on feral pigeons on ‘Winterwatch’. Although I have quite a lot of wildlife experience, I have to admit I know little about these birds. I have downloaded the guide to pigeon spotting which will prove useful, but I would like to know what other colour varieties are recognised. There is a small flock of pigeons in my home town which I will endevour to count for you. Unfortunately, the local Chamber of Commerce and Town Council are very anti-pigeon and the measures they have adopted have already reduced numbers.

  47. I adore pigeons and am completely delighted to find so many other folk who adore them too. I look forward to reading further updates from you xx

  48. Hi Adam,
    I am a retired ecologist and I have a personal strapline that guides my interest in birds ie “Celebrating the common”. With this in mind I am a fanatical bird recorder, taking part in many different BTO surveys. In particular I have been doing Garden BirdWatch for 17 years in my suburban Liverpool garden. I have recorded ferals and collared doves every week without one miss since 2004!
    I also get woodies In the garden. I have 3 plated feeders which the ferals manage to stay on. The rest of the feeders are without plates and attract the finches etc. Sunflowers in one feeder attract goldfinches and greenfinches in particular. Showers of seed bits provide the pigeons with an abundance of food. A good arrangement for them!
    Count me in on the survey
    David

  49. Hi Adam, I have a large flock of feral pigeons who visit my garden every day. I noticed one day that one, a black pigeon, would fly at our heads whenever we went into the garden! One day it occurred to me to stick out my hand I was very surprised and pleased when he landed on it. I see him quite often but not every day. If he sees me looking out of the window he flies straight to my hand – he knows I have a special tub of nuts just for him. We called him Buddy. However, a while ago another black pigeon has started doing the same thing, this one we named George. We can tell George from Buddy because Buddy has pink eyes, George’s are orange. We have another pigeon (white, with black marbling) who has a yellow ring on his leg, arrived about eighteen months ago, he has black eyes. Is eye colour another variation? T

  50. Hi Adam,

    I recently brought home a seemingly injured feral pigeon that had wandered into my place of work. Upon closer inspection it appeared fine apart from having poor balance and occasionally pitching forwards onto it’s chest. I fed and watered it which it enjoyed over 24hrs or so and then attempted to release it but it wouldn’t fly or leave.
    The next morning it was dead? The only thing I noticed about it was it left bright green faeces in the sawdust. Any ideas?

  51. Hi, this is fantastic. Thank you.
    I adore all birds and noticed 2 grey pigeons eating where I feed the little birds. I put some seed mix out for them too. As the weather got colder I continued to feed them but before I knew it 10 had turned into huge army full of pigeons beautiful and all individual with their own attitude and character. The cost of the food got more and more then I started to buy 20kg seed bags. But the more birds that are coming the poop is getting worse ! I am forever cleaning up and I have noticed neighbours are giving funny looks and aren’t happy. I know I should have never got them into a routine of getting their food and water here but I feel soooo bad. The weather is better I’ve fed them once early morning as they wait from about 6am! But it will take time for them to adapt to the change. I just hope no one reports me if they see them as a nuisance. It’s just so hard because they’ve become my little friends. :)

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