Posted on Jan 31, 2021 206
Doves are known too many as a symbol of peace and harmony, which is why these birds are loved to be launched at various events and weddings. However, these amazing representatives of feathers have other features that not everyone knows about. Here are some interesting facts about pigeons.
As mentioned, pigeons have gained popularity because of the belief in their symbolic nature. It is for this reason that we dedicate monuments to them in over 30 cities. Not to mention how many sculptures feature the birds as an addition.
There are 35 species of pigeons in the wild. But there are many more breeds - over 800. Man has bred many. This figure once again confirms the popularity of birds, because decorative pigeons are exquisite and diverse.
The blue pigeon, called the most common, is found on all continents. It was with him that the history of pigeon mail began. There is evidence that man could tame it over 5,000 years ago.
During World War I, carrier pigeon No. 888 received the rank of colonel in the British army for his special services. When he died, it buried him with full honors.
There have been other hero pigeons from the postal services. The most famous is Cher Ami. This is a pigeon who became famous for her service during the last years of World War I. She made many flights, delivering messages of special importance. Thanks to her, 194 soldiers cut off from the army by the enemy were saved. It awarded her the French Military Cross and the Gold Medal of the American Postal Pigeon Society for this.
There are examples of pigeon mistreatment in history as well. For example, at several of the first Olympic Games, competitors in the stand shooting performed shots at live pigeons rather than at skeet, as is customary today.
Post pigeons have always been expensive, because they are difficult to train. Thus, in the XI-XIII centuries, they were bought for no less money than a thoroughbred Arab stallion. However, the most expensive bird is a pigeon nicknamed Peter Paul, sold for £41,000 in 1986.
It is hard not to notice that pigeons nod their heads as they walk. They perform these movements to regulate vision. When the bird takes a step, it needs to leave its head in the same position while its body sort of “catches up” with it. In this way, the pigeon can see moving objects or details.
Pigeons have unique vision. Neither sunlight nor flash of lightning nearby can blind them. The whole secret lies in the structure of their eye tissues, capable to adapt to the environmental conditions. Perhaps that is why these birds rarely go astray.
The flight of pigeons is always beautiful, but in the Birmingham roller breed it is also unusual. These birds do backflips right in the air, and repeatedly. Scientists still can’t say exactly why they do it.