20 March 2011

Columba livia, Rock Pigeon, Masterful Urban Adaptor

Scientific Name: Columba livia
Rock pigeon, Pigeon
Family: Columbidae

Common Pigeon, Columba livia

Wikipedia estimates the population of the common pigeon in Europe alone to be over 30 million.  Native to Europe, North Africa and parts of Asia, the pigeon is truly the perfect Urban Core adaptor.  Originally adept to nesting along the face of sheer rock cliffs, pigeons now can be found roosting on bridges, skyscrapers and concrete structures around the world.

Yes, their eyes are truly red, babies are commonly referred to as 'squabs', and there is even a National Pigeon Society! 

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