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Picture of the Week: Pigeons!

Pigeons are considered to be one of the most intelligent birds on the planet with pigeons 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 6 species, and the only non-mammal, that has this ability.  The pigeon can also recognize all 26 letters of the English language as well as being able to conceptualize. 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.

Read all of the 21 Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About Pigeons

10 comments to Picture of the Week: Pigeons!

  • Beach Sucks

    Wonder if Lucky Star would give me a dollar a Bird?

  • bagels

    So why do we hate them so much? Oh yeah, the poop…..

  • Coop Scoop

    Now that we know pigeons can differentiate between photographs, maybe they can identify the culprit who has been trying to run them down, while feeding in the middle of the street. Would you like us to furnish pictures of the most frequent drivers on the block? We can rule out Buddy DeWitt, he doesn’t drive fast enough to run over a snail.

  • […] you understand your neighborhood pigeons? [Gerritsen […]

  • Anonymous

    Where does it say you have to stop/brake for pigeons? People drive 20-30 miles an hour, at least, through those courts whether you are a pigeon, dog, cat or human you better get out of the way. Look at some of those 18/19 year olds over there. Birds get hit all the time so do squrrels and other animals.

  • George

    So, if pigeons can differentiate between two different human beings in a photograph, it would also stand to reason that they could also be able to differentiate between humans in general….. correct?
    I knew it…. Those damn pigeons do have it out for me! The only thing I can’t figure out now is how they always know when I have just washed my car!

    • Kate

      @George, They can see their reflections in it…

    • Anonymous

      @George, They’re sitting on the wires waiting for your clean car.
      The birds (not just pigeons) hang around & wait for their seed in the morning (usually don’t crap on my car). When I come out in the morning they fly down looking for food & if there’s none, they hang out on my roof & my neighbors waiting until I appear again with food.

      BTW never did damage to any roof I’ve seen.

  • Coop Scoop

    The members of “Coop Scoop”, a newsletter for pigeon lovers, has a solution to the pigeon feeding problem on Cyrus and Madoc: Because the swarm of pigeons on the street at that location are cause for concern for drivers either making a turn onto or off of Madoc, or to the end of Cyrus, we suggest the feed be placed at the end of Cyrus, near the bulkhead. That way, the pigeons won’t be in harms way.

  • peggy lynch

    I read that upstate ny on the river rafting site the pictures r taken of u rafting down the rapids and the pics r ready when u arrive back at the start point thanks to pigeons flying the film or memory card back to office