From the childhood, we all know that small birds wait in their nests until they learn how to fly. After that, they leave their parents and start living as adults. But is possible for pigeons? They are always at the sight! Whenever you go, these omnipresent fellows invade city pavements, beaks ready to swallow anything you throw down. They live on our city squares, eat food from our hands, and still hide their babies – that’s not fair and intriguing! To satisfy your curiosity, here are some insights into the baby pigeon conspiracy.
Pigeons are Really Cautious
It is hard to believe, but some pigeons hide their nests somewhere high and out of view. People can’t find them because they are on the rooftops, bridges or high-rises. They live with us but hide upstairs – not logical, ha? However, it is the part of their nature – before turning into the street owners, they used to nest in caves and rocks. It is because feral pigeons – our fellows – are descenders of rock doves, wild creatures not that lucky to eat sunflower seeds in our parks. Even then, humans complained that their searches around caves had no success – no baby pigeons found. Contemporary pigeons their worthy successors – hang out with humans, but hide somewhere far above to sleep. In this smart behavior, they are more cautious than others are – most of the songbirds tend to nest somewhere closer to the ground.
However, there are high chances to find pigeons’ nests in church towers, between the stairs in some old empty houses, or under the city bridges. Sometimes, they can find your balcony attractive, but don’t expect too much – they prefer places resembling their beloved caves and cliffs.
The Truth Revealed
Moreover, like any other baby songbirds, pigeons stay in their nests before maturity. To explain that there are plenty of pigeons around, the fact that baby pigeons grow faster than other birds may help. They hide high, quickly learn how to fly, and flood the squares with their hungry bodies. At the same time, they love spending time with their parents – while other birds leave their mummies after 2-3 weeks, baby pigeons stay home up to 6 weeks. Even if a baby pigeon has an idea to go out to the street, there’s nothing interesting for it there – it drinks only “crop milk” in this period, not seeds attractive for adult ones. In other words, when the young pigeon comes out to the street, it is already an adult one!
But still, seeing a baby pigeon is not that impossible. Even though they are highly attentive and smart, they cannot overcome the temptation to eat something on the street. Even though the baby pigeon will not be that small, it still noticeable! A passerby can distinguish young from adult pigeon by spotting tiny differences: baby pigeons have incompletely molted feathers, dark eyes, and small feathers.
So, next you spot the band of pigeons, you know your chances to find who is who. If you still want to see a smaller bird, it’s not worth your efforts on investigating city roofs – from the accounts of eyewitnesses, they are quite ugly.