Intelligent Pigeons


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Pigeons are doves, belonging to a family of over 300 species. They may not look like it, but pigeons are one of nature’s most successful animals. They’re faster than a cheetah, more muscle-bound than a gorilla and more agile than a great white shark. They can hear sound frequencies 200 times lower than human beings. Pigeons also have remarkable eyesight, enjoying the ability to see almost behind their heads – a 340-degree field of view. And their sense of smell? These birds may be able to create a virtual scent map in their minds that allow them to fly great distances just by following a distinct odor.

Pigeons peck up to 16,000 times per day and can defecate up to 25 pounds annually. They thrive in almost every city and town – wherever humans settle, pigeons seem to be. They may even roost in the exact same spot for their entire lives (which can be up to fifteen years).

For a pigeon to take flight, it requires thirty percent more power than simply soaring in mid-air. At first, a pigeon will stretch out his wings as high as possible, then snap them down as hard as he can. Beneath the feathers, a flexible, strong frame creates enough force to lift the bird into the air. In flight, their wings can pump six times per second.

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Find out more fascinating facts about pigeons by checking out Pigeon Genius on Saturday, January 8th at 8 PM et/pt on Nat Geo Wild.

Read all about the remarkable rock pigeon and check out this post on the world’s largest pigeon species.

Comments

  1. Johny
    new York
    September 13, 2013, 3:09 pm

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