A Bird of Many Colors

Rock Pigeons (Columba livia)

One Coot is a carbon copy of another, but Rock Pigeons wear distinct feather fashions. Pigeon fanciers have a complex terminology for defining the colors, and the genetics of these variations have been explored in detail. A pigeon keeper may distinguish individual birds much as a dog owner knows individual dogs. Here’s a few among the little flock:

The other morning all 18 members of the flock that inhabits the park rested on the rocks at the water’s edge and permitted this photographer to film a family portrait.

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