A Pretty Pigeon

The unusual colors of this Rock Pigeon struck me as very pretty, and I made this short video to show it off.  After looking up “pigeon colors” on the web, I think this is called a “checker” or a “pied” pattern.  There is an enormous literature on pigeons.  They have been domesticated longer than any other animal, and the original feral species is long lost in the mists of time.  Charles Darwin already bred them as part of his genetic studies, and researchers have demonstrated that they are quite intelligent.  Their homing ability and their keen eyesight have made some of them heroes in wartime and in maritime rescue.  Read all about it at the Pigeon Control Research Center website.

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