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Pigeons are known for defecating anywhere and everywhere. However, if you can get over this fact, you’ll realize that pigeons are typically cute birds. They have round and fluffy bodies, thick necks, a fat head, and they make the most adorable cooing sound.

You can find these birds in various parts of the world. Some people keep them as pets, and some see them around the park.

If you interact with one or more pigeons every now and then, you’re probably going to want to name them. You’re in the right place if you’re looking for help in figuring out names for these birds.

Here are some cute and funnynames for pigeons that you can consider.

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Funny Pigeon Names

Some people like to showcase a bit of their sense of humor through the names they assign to their pets or other animals. If you’re like that as well, then check out these funny pigeon names for a quick chuckle.

  • Cooster
  • Aerial Rodent
  • Squawk
  • The New Yorker
  • Feathers
  • Poopster
  • Chatterbox
  • The Claw
  • Booby
  • Peewee
  • Swoops
  • Clicker
  • Rainbow
  • Puff Daddy
  • Screech

 

Good Pigeon Names

In your opinion, what is a good name to give a bird or animal? Perhaps, it is a name that’s just one syllable because it’s easy to pronounce and hard to forget.

If we were to agree with that opinion, we’d suggest the following short and good pigeon names.

  • Rex
  • Mace
  • Tex
  • Troy
  • Tess
  • Mike
  • Jack
  • Jess
  • Jim
  • Jax
  • Ron
  • Bam
  • Pat
  • Ryan
  • Leon
  • Cat
  • Jazz
  • Zoe
  • Ax
  • Buck
  • Bolt
  • Ace
  • Dax

 

Famous Pigeon Names

Famous Pigeon Names

Cher Ami: Cher Ami was a pigeon and a war-time hero. During World War I, this messenger pigeon saved 200 soldiers from certain death.

Major Charles Whittlesey used this bird to send a message requesting a ceasefire to headquarters. The German forces saw the bird and shot him while he was in the air.

Despite their attempts, the heroic pigeon traveled 25 miles (40 kilometers) even with a lost eye and leg and delivered the message successfully. The pigeon received the Croix de Guerre award from the French military.

 

Racing Pigeon Names

Armando: Armando is the most expensive racing pigeon to be sold. This bird was sold for $1.4 million in China. The owner of this bird will most likely use it for breeding so that they can have more pigeons like this one.

Throughout history, people used racing pigeons to deliver messages and for entertainment. The reason people used them for sending messages was that they could travel long distances (1,000 miles in a single race) and at high speeds. These pigeons could also reach 90 miles per hour when covering short distances.

 

Best Pigeon Names

Venus: According to Greco-Roman mythology, people used to use pigeons as offerings to the Goddess Venus (or Aphrodite) to acquire her blessings. Considering that this name is rooted in history, it made it to our best name category.

 

Funny Game Pigeon Names

Flappy: This name is inspired by the mobile video game called Flappy Bird. Flappy Bird is a silly game in which a cartoonish bird has to go through spaces between the pipes.

The game was developed in 2013. Now, one could argue that the bird in the game is not a pigeon. However, that shouldn’t stop you from selecting this funny game-inspired name.

 

Spies in Disguise Pigeon Names

Lance Sterling: This is the name of a character from the animated comedy film Spies in Disguise. Lance Sterling, in his own words, is the “world’s most awesome spy” who accidentally gets turned into a pigeon. Will Smith voices this character in the film pigeon.

Lovely: Other than Lance Sterling, there are other pigeons in the film, Spies in Disguise. Lovely is one of them, and this bird represents a typical cuddly pigeon that you can find huddled up on roofs.

Crazy Eyes: Crazy Eyes is another of these pigeons. This bird is a representation of city pigeons that bury their heads in the trash in search of food.

 

Female Pigeon Names

Female pigeons aren’t the only ones that sit on their eggs during nesting. Female pigeons typically sit on their eggs during the latter half of the day and the night.

For the rest of the day, their male counterparts sit on the eggs. Male pigeons take a much shorter shift, however. They sit on the eggs from morning to mid-day. So, this is one way that you can tell if the pigeon is male or female. If you have female birds, here are some female pigeon names you may like for your bird.

  • Skye
  • Sidney
  • Jessa
  • Stella
  • Polly
  • Tara
  • Merlin
  • Peachy
  • Caroline
  • Mercedes
  • Louise
  • Frankie
  • Roxy
  • Isabelle
  • Pepper
  • Ophelia
  • Ethel
  • Kora
  • Sandy
  • Paris
  • Luna
  • Emily
  • Chiquita
  • Sarah
  • Jade
  • Rosita
  • Mary
  • Mackenzie
  • Katie
  • Thelma
  • Abigail
  • Cleopatra
  • Edith
  • Leia
  • Martina
  • Candice

 

Girl Pigeon Names

For those of you who have female baby pigeons and want to give them a cutesy but gendered name, then take a look at this list of girl pigeon names.

  • Candy
  • Tweety
  • Cherry
  • Lexi
  • Fizzie
  • Sophie
  • Lilly
  • Bonita
  • Pixie
  • Flippy
  • Lacy
  • Phoebe
  • Sally
  • Sam
  • Lucy
  • Chloe
  • Katie
  • Jessie
  • Tanny
  • Missy
  • Minnie
  • Pika
  • Rosie
  • Jenny
  • Gigi
  • Gracie
  • Fifi
  • Lola
  • Eve
  • Haley
  • Felicia
  • Lulu
  • Hannah

 

Cartoon Pigeon Names

The Godpigeon: The Godpigeon is a character from the cartoon TV show called Animaniacs. The Godpigeon is a parody of the character Don Vito Corleone (played by Marlon Brando) in the film series The Godfather.

The Godpigeon, like the Godfather, also speaks in a mumbled voice. The Godpigeon is the boss of the group of other pigeons called the Goodfeathers, which is an obvious parody of the group of characters from the film The Goodfellas. If you’re naming a leader among other pigeons, go for The Godpigeon.

 

Baby Pigeon Names

Baby Pigeon

Adult pigeons are arguably adorable birds, but baby pigeons are just small balls of cuteness. Here are some babypigeon names that we believe are perfect for these birds.

  • Coconut
  • Peanut
  • Chirpie
  • Wiggles
  • Jellybean
  • Chick
  • Baby Doll
  • Bess
  • Honey Bear
  • Booboo

 

Cute Pigeon Names

Cute Pigeon

Are you looking for some cutesy names for your cute bird? If yes, then this category of cute pigeon names is just for you. Pick your favorite name from the list below.

  • Vanilla
  • Birdie
  • Coco
  • Pip
  • Cookie
  • Chip
  • Lime
  • Sunshine
  • Oats
  • Barney
  • Lime
  • Ivy
  • Honey
  • Wiggles
  • Handsome
  • Thyme
  • Koko
  • Poochie
  • Emerald
  • Willow

 

Disney Pigeon Names

Valiant: Valiant is the protagonist from the Disney animated film with the same name as the character. Valiant is a short and patriotic pigeon who was an instrumental part of the war in the film. This heroic bird is a loving creature who’s exceptionally fast.

If you prefer naming your pigeon after the deuteragonist in the film, you can go for Bugsy instead.

Unlike Valiant, Bugsy is a much larger pigeon. So, if you’re a fan of Disney and are naming a large pigeon, you can choose Bugsy instead of Valiant.

 

Male Pigeon Names

You can tell if a pigeon is male or female by noticing the minor difference in size, with the male being slightly larger. Male pigeons also bow their heads when they scrape their tail on the ground.

If you keep a vigilant eye, you can tell the difference between a male and a female pigeon. If you find a male one in your midst, here are some male pigeon names you can assign to your bird.

  • Pablo
  • Monte
  • Odin
  • Oliver
  • Noodles
  • Fred
  • Gumby
  • Paulie
  • Hershey
  • Boba
  • Charlie
  • Billy
  • Pickle
  • Jimmie
  • Timothy
  • Cash
  • Skip
  • Boychick
  • Curly
  • Cracker
  • Clucky
  • Floyd
  • Derek
  • Rog
  • Quacker
  • Philly
  • Domino
  • Elvis
  • Payson
  • Donnie
  • Bernie
  • Purdie
  • Jazzy
  • Flippers
  • Eugene
  • Jonas
  • Rico
  • Auzzie
  • Malcolm
  • Jabba
  • Indie
  • Hermes
  • Jo
  • Ricky
  • Star
  • Skip
  • Romeo
  • Jaden
  • Icecube
  • Levi
  • Lucca
  • Mac
  • Tengu
  • Sonny
  • Little Man
  • Leroy
  • Niko
  • Mikey
  • Ollie

 

White Pigeon Names

White Pigeon Names

A white pigeon is a beautiful creature. They’re also known as doves and are domesticated for the most part. People typically breed these birds for ceremonies and other events.

Here are some names you should check out for white pigeons. Each of these names references the doves’ color.

  • Snowfall
  • Cream
  • Casper
  • Ivory
  • Ghost
  • Nova
  • Snowflake
  • Antarctic
  • Cloudy

 

Conclusion: Pigeons Names

After going through this comprehensive guide of cute and funny names for pigeons, it should be a lot easier for you to name your bird.

Putting a bit of thought into a name is never a bad thing. So, don’t be afraid to make a note of your pigeon’s appearance, size, and personality. Once you have that down, you can scour through any relevant categories above, and select your favorite name.

Pigeons are relatively easy-going and smart birds, so they make for great pets as well. They also get along well with other pets like cats or dogs. If you plan on getting one of these adorable birds in your home, make sure it has a companion that it can spend time with for most of the day.

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21 Incredible Things You Never Knew About Pigeons

Few other animals are as oft-maligned as the humble pigeon, the feathered denizens with whom we share our cities, suburbs, and if they're lucky, the occasional breadcrumb.

But despite their typically unflattering (and unfounded) reputation as pests or "rats with wings", there are plenty of wonderful reasons to appreciate pigeons.

1. They're the first birds humans domesticated

Humankind's relationship with pigeons dates back to the dawn of civilization, and likely even earlier than that. Domesticated pigeons, also known as rock doves, were first depicted in pictographic writing on clay tablets in the Mesopotamian period dating well over 5,000 years old. Some scholars even believe that the birds were kept by Neolithic man as far back as 10,000 years ago.

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2. They do backflips in midair, yet no one really knows why

Many birds are known to perform impressive aerial acrobatics in pursuit of prey or to avoid being eaten themselves, but few of those moves are more impressive than pigeons doing backflips. No one knows for certain why some types of pigeons roll backward somersaults in flight, though some suspect that it's done simply for fun.

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3. They've learned to ride the subway and are model passengers

Train drivers there say they've seen pigeons regularly riding the subway since the early 1990s - and that they're actually model passengers.

4. They recognize people who are nice to them

Though they may seem to be a little spaced-out from time to time, pigeons remember faces they run across. In one study focusing on birds in the center of Paris, two researchers offered food to the birds or chased them away, respectively. When this was repeated over several visits, the pigeons began to avoid the chaser while being drawn towards the feeder, even if they were wearing different clothes.

"It is very likely that the pigeons recognized the researchers by their faces, since the individuals were both female and of a similar age, build and skin colour," researcher Dr. Dalila Bovet and her team concluded.

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5. They see the world in a kaleidoscope of colors

Pigeons are known to have extraordinary vision, and are capable of discriminating between nearly identical shades of color. Humans, for example, have a triple system of color perception whereas pigeons photo sensors and light filters can differentiate as many as five spectral bands -- making the world for them appear to be a virtual kaleidoscope of colors.

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6. They're the only bird that can suck up water

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7. They have been taught the Alphabet

Pigeons are no dullards. One study found that the birds could be taught to distinguish each letter of the alphabet from all other letters, and actually recognize them in a way very similar to humans, even confusing certain letters that people often get wrong.

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8. They're also quite capable mathematicians

Another study found that pigeons had the same math competence as non-human primates, showing an ability to learn abstract mathematical concepts, differentiate between number-like objects, order pairs, and accurately judge amounts. So far, with the exception of humans, equivalent math skills have only been recorded in rhesus monkeys.

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9. They can learn to play ping pong

In the 1950s, psychologist B.F Skinner sought to show that animal behavior was directed by external factors, not only by instinct. To help prove his point, he succeeded in teaching several pigeons how to play ping-pong.

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10. One of them saved nearly 200 U.S. troops in the first World War

In 1918, during the final weeks of WWI, a group of 194 American soldiers were trapped behind enemy lines and were being fired on by both advancing German troops as well as their allies who mistook them for enemy forces. Their only hope in getting word out about their predicament were several carrier pigeons they had brought along with them.

When the first two birds were shot down, a single pigeon named Cher Ami was all they had left to carry the message. Although the brave bird was shot several times after leaving the bunker, he survived and delivered the life-saving note. For his valor, the pigeon was awarded the Croix de Guerre, an honor bestowed on foreign troops by the French Army.

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11. They can fly at speeds of up to 100 mph

Although they don't always show it, some pigeons can fly incredibly fast and over long distances, with some breeds capable of reaching speeds of up to 100 mph in brief bursts.

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12. In fact, sometimes they can be faster than the Internet

In 2009, a pigeon named Winston proved faster than the ADSL service offered by South Africa's largest web firm. The bird was put head to head against data streamed from internet provider Telkon, carrying a 4GB memory stick across a 60-mile course. Winston was able to physically transfer the data in just over an hour, while it took about two for it to be uploaded digitally.

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13. They helped establish the news agency Reuters

In the 1840s, prior to starting what would become one of the largest international news agencies, Paul Julius Reuter was dabbling in better ways of distributing information in a timely manner. His first attempts at starting a news service involved using flocks of carrier pigeons to deliver correspondences far and wide, though they were soon out of a job after Reuters switched to using a telegram.

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14. They were early pioneers in aerial photography

Not long after pigeons got out of the news business, they entered the world of photography. In 1907, a German pharmacist named Julius Neubronner developed special bird-mounted cameras. These lightweight, timer camera rigs were strapped onto pigeons who would then snap rare aerial photos in flight. Prior to this, such images could only be captured using balloons or kites.

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15. They are monogamous

And they seem to really like each other too:

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16. They also make really great parents

Both male and female pigeons share equally in the nesting duty, dividing the responsibility of incubating their eggs to give the other a chance to eat and rest. Instead of nesting in trees, pigeons prefer to start their families in the safety of rocky cliff-faces, or if in a more urban environment, then tucked away in the sides of buildings.

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17. Their babies are cute, but rarely seen

Baby pigeons are rarely seen as their doting parents only permit them to leave after they are nearly full-grown. This is what they look like:

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18. Nikola Tesla loved pigeons, and he was a genius

Beyond his studies in electricity, famed eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla had a strong obsession for pigeons. He was known to take daily walks to the park to feed them, and would even bring them back to his home when he found one that was injured.

But one white bird in particular won Tesla's affection more than the rest, and remained with him as a friend and pet until her death.

"I loved that pigeon as a man loves a woman, and she loved me," he wrote at the time. "As long as I had her, there was a purpose to my life."

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19. Picasso also admired pigeons, and named his daughter after them

As a frequenter of the outdoor cafe scene himself, artist Pablo Picasso clearly took great inspiration in the feathered creatures at his feet. Pigeons are a frequent subject in his works, like in his Le pigeon aux petit pois (The Pigeon with Green Peas) from 1911.

Picasso even named his daughter Paloma, which is Spanish for "pigeon."

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20. The lovable but extinct Dodo was basically a large, plump pigeon

Researchers studying the DNA say that pigeons are the closest living relative of the now-extinct flightless dodo bird.

21. They are pretty much everywhere we are

Today, there are an estimated 260 million pigeons inhabiting virtually every city in the world, living and interacting with humans perhaps more than any other animal on the planet.

It may be because they are so common that people often tend to overlook what remarkable little creatures they truly are.

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A Sitting Pigeon: Cute or Injured?

Animals often refrain from showing any signs of illness. That is a very crucial trait, especially for wild animals. If a wild animal shows any signs of weakness or sickness in the wild, it is likely to be shunned by other animals or suffer attack from rivals and predators. In this article, we are going to tell you what you should know when you see a sitting pigeon.

From time to time, internet users upload “cute” pictures of animals doing something unexpected, like these pictures of sitting pigeons. However, as most professionals and experienced bird watchers will confirm, most pigeons don’t just sit to pull a cute stunt. That may be a sign of illness.

A sitting pigeon in the middle of a street in a busy area is fair game for predators, especially stray pets, and it may get stomped or accidentally kicked by unaware pedestrians. Therefore, a sitting pigeon should be a tableau of distress and a reason for concern.


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How To Spot a Sick Bird

You can spot signs and symptoms of injury or sickness in a bird from their behavior or appearance.


Behavior

• If it doesn’t fly away when approached

Birds are supposed to fly away anytime a human or other animal gets too close to them. That is a very crucial survival instinct. If you happen to come across a bird that doesn’t fly away as soon you get too close, that bird is definitely unwell.

• Panting breaths, puffing, or any other sign of difficulty breathing

If you notice a bird puffing, wheezing, or trying to breathe through an open beak, that bird is sick. This prognosis also applies to a bird that has its tail bobbing every time it takes a breath.

• Unsteady posture

An unsteady posture in any resting animal is a common sign of sickness. For instance, healthy parrots tend to rest in a somewhat vertical position, not entirely horizontal. Just as our sitting pigeon is in a particular posture that is unusual for birds — most of the time any kind of horizontal laying down is very unheard of.

You can differentiate a good posture from a bad one according to the bird type. However, a combination of a slouchy posture and puffed-up feathers is a sure sign of sickness in birds.

• Drooping or elevated wings

Some birds may elevate or keep their wings in a drooping position as compensation for balance. Also, you may notice drooping in young chicks who are yet to learn the art of tucking their wings or if a bird has just been misted or bathed.

However, if any of the explanations above don’t apply, your bird may be sick. Especially if the wings are drooping and it is sitting rather dejectedly.

• Roosting in unlikely places

If you notice a bird roosting in weird, open places like patios or porches, it may be faring poorly. Most wild birds roost in niches or cavities where they are safe from predators. These roosting places are also ideal shelters from adverse weather.

• Half-closed eyes

Squinting half-closed eyes are a common sign of sickness in birds. Birds are supposed to be alert to survive. If a bird has a sleepy appearance and its eyes are halfway closed, it may be sick.

• Getting avoided by other birds

Most animals despise weakness in their fellows. If a bird has underlying sickness, it will try hiding any signs because the other birds may shun or even attack it.

• Head tilted to one side or tucked under a wing

A bird will often tilt its head to one side continuously or tuck it into a wing when it’s sick.

• Losing balance and falling or teetering off perch

Most birds can maintain their balance on a perch even on one leg. If you see a bird losing balance or teetering constantly, it may be sick or injured. If it falls off a perch, its health status is much worse and, it needs help.

• Spending unusually longer sleeping

That is a common trait in most sick animals and humans. If you notice a bird sleeping during unlikely daylight hours, it may be in trouble health-wise.

• Personality changes

If your pet bird has suddenly shifted from being friendly to aggressive; or from playfulness to lethargy, you may have reason to be worried. The same applies to wild birds. That is especially so if you notice a bird that acts in an aggressive way without provocation.

• Increase or decrease in eating or drinking tendencies

If a bird happens to refrain from eating its favorite food, or in the case of hummingbirds, from nectar, it is a sign of trouble. That is also the case when they start eating or drinking too much. However, a sick bird is more likely to show signs of decreased rather than increased appetite.

• Throwing up

Some birds incorporate regurgitation in their courtship routine. However, throwing up sometimes may be a sign of nausea. If you see a bird throwing up undigested food, consult with avian or online resources whether this behavior is usual in their kind.


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Appearance

• Eye-swelling

Swollen eyes are a common sign of sinusitis. Sinusitis is a bacterial or fungal infection that can lead to discharge or swelling in one or both of a bird’s eyes.

• Unfocused, sunken, or abnormally colored eyes

As we mentioned before, birds need to keep alert eyes out for danger from predators. If you notice a bird with eyes that appear dull, sunken, or have an abnormal color, it may be unwell.

• Crusty or wet discharge from the mouth, eye, or noses

Discharge around a bird’s eye may be a sign of eye problems. Also, look for signs of wetness or crusting-over on their noses and mouth.

• Grimy, wet, or matted feathers

Most birds keep their feathers clean and neat. If you meet a dirty bird, it may be a sign that it’s too weak to clean itself. You can also check if the bird’s vent feathers have gotten matted with poop. Matted feathers are sometimes a sign of sickness.

• Loss of feathers

Some birds possess a natural plucked appearance. However, if a bird starts losing feathers, things may not be going well for it. Most experts and birdwatchers consider parasite infestation as the number #1 cause of plucked feathers.

• Puffed-up or fluffed feathers

Puffed up or fluffed feathers are usual in a healthy bird that either wants to get some warmth, is in a resting position, or feeling unwell.

• Visible wounds, injuries, or lesions

Check for visible wounds or bleeding on a bird to determine if it’s wounded. Any sign of bleeding is a clear indicator the bird has wounds that need tending. The sitting pigeon that’s the topic of our article today could have a cut or an abrasion that is preventing it from being able to stand normally.

• Change in consistency, formation, or color of droppings

Droppings are one of the most efficient ways of telling whether a bird is unwell. You should pay attention to any change in color or shape of droppings. However, changes in the appearance of droppings may be food-related. You should check what the bird has been feeding on of late.

Runny poop can also result from a bird drinking too much water.

You should also check a bird’s droppings to ensure they are well-formed and appear to be well digested.


Steps To Take If You Find an Injured or Sick Wild Bird

Don’t try to help a wild bird unless your help is evidently needed. An injured or ill bird may show signs of aggression if they feel threatened. Plus, wild birds are not used to human handling and treatment. Therefore, it may be a stressful and strange experience for them.

If you find a small bird that appears to be injured or sick, you should handle it very gently. If it’s a bird small enough to fit in your hand, place your hand over it in such a way that its head is between your middle and forefinger.

In the case of a middle-sized bird, use both of your hands its wings against their body. You should be very careful with larger birds because they can cause you considerable harm if they attack. We highly recommend you contact a professional if you are not used to handling larger birds.

Do not attempt to feed or feed a sick wild bird. Just place it in a comfortable, warm, dry place and consult wildlife rehabilitators or a licensed veterinarian. You can also contact the State Veterinarian, agricultural extension agent, or US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Veterinary Services if you are in the US.


Step By Step Guide

Step 1: Find a cardboard board box and line it with a cloth or paper towels

Step 2: Take the bird carefully and place it in the box.

Step 3: Find a dry towel and use it to cover the box.

Step 4: Find a quiet, dark, and warm area and place the box in it.

Step 5: Place a bottle of warm water or any other heat source next to the sick. Do not use hot, boiling water.

Step 6: Contact a wild bird rehabilitator or a local vet.

A sick bird needs a dark, quiet, and warm place where it can wait for a specialist without unnecessary disturbance.

Below are a few dos and don’ts of lending help to a sick bird:

Do’s

  • Handle a sick bird with extra care. Birds breathe using their chest muscles. They have no diaphragm. If you hold a sick wild bird with unnecessary strength, they can suffocate. That is especially so in the case of small birds.
  • Keep a sick bird warm. Avoid using hot heat sources, and don’t try to keep it warm if it is suffering from hyperthermia.
  • Keep a sick bird in a comfortable cardboard box with breathing holes. Place the box with the bird in a spot where it won’t be disturbed by too much light or attract unwanted attention, especially from predators like cats.
  • Wash your hands with a detergent after handling a sick bird
  • Contact a rehabilitator or veterinarian as soon as you can.

Don’ts

  • Don’t show a sick bird to other animals or put them in the same confined space. That will only make the bird agitated.
  • Don’t assume a sick bird is friendly. It can react defensively, especially if it feels threatened or distressed.
  • Don’t make a sick bird eat or drink water. The anatomy of birds is very delicate, and even a drop of water can go into their lungs and kill them.
  • Don’t try to keep a wild bird as a pet. It is against the law.

Common Bird Diseases You Can Watch Out For

Below are a few common bird diseases and their respective symptoms. You can use this list to determine what a bird is suffering from.

Mycoplasmal Conjunctivitis

This disease is also known as House Finch Eye Disease. Birds suffering from it tend to have crusty or runny eyes with discernible redness and swelling.

In extreme cases, it can cause a bird’s eyes to swell shut. That results in blindness and eventually death.

Mites/ Mange Infection

The symptoms of mite infection include loss of feathers and bald, sore spots. Most birds die from this predicament due to predation or exposure.

Aspergillosis

Aspergillosis gets caused by Aspergillus fungi which grow mostly on wet, moldy seeds. If a bird has trouble breathing, drinks too much water, or appears emancipated, it may be suffering from this disease.

Canker

Also known as Trichomoniasis, Canker affects numerous types of birds including, doves, raptors, and pigeons. Raptors mostly get sick when they feed on pigeons and doves suffering from this disease. That is one of the deadliest bird diseases with high mortality rates.

A bird suffering from Canker shows specific symptoms, including lethargy, vomiting, fluffed-up feathers, difficulty breathing, and trouble swallowing.

Avian Tuberculosis

Most bird species are susceptible to this bacterial infection. A bird suffering from TB usually loses weight fast, drinks excess water, suffers from runny poop, and experiences considerable difficulty breathing. This disease can lead to sudden death in wild birds.


Conclusion

You are likely to encounter a sick bird at some point, especially if you are a bird watcher with feed spots in your compound. If you can identify a sick wild bird from the signs and symptoms that we have listed above, and if you find it necessary to help, please do so with extreme care.

Don’t try to treat, force feed, or give water to a sick bird.

Always remember that you are a temporary caregiver to a sick wild bird. Wild birds don’t fare well in captivity, and holding them is illegal in the US.

You can help a sick wild bird, such as a sitting pigeon, by providing a comfortable environment as you contact a wildlife rehabilitator or your local veterinarian.


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Step aside, fashion chickens, it’s time for pigeons to stand in the spotlight and shine! The pigeons that we see in cities are just the tip of the feathered iceberg—there are lots of beautiful and unusual pigeon species that many of us haven’t ever heard of.

To show you what we mean, Bored Panda has collected photos of the rarest and most fashionable pigeons for you to enjoy. Scroll down, upvote your faves, and let us know which fashion pigeon you loved the most and why. We also know how much you love other animals, dear Pandas. So when you’re done enjoying this cool (or rather coo’) list, check out our other posts about gorgeous unusual animals right here, here, and here.

Pigeons are downright interesting when you start learning more about them. For example, some scientists argue that the common city pigeon (aka the rock pigeon) might have been the very first birb that hoomans have ever domesticated. They’re featured as figurines, in mosaics, and on coins from ancient Mesopotamia since at least 4500 BC. Bored Panda reached out to the Royal Pigeon Racing Association to learn more about these birds. Scroll down for our interview with them.

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The RPRA told us that pigeons are incredibly skilled and are able to get up to speeds of over 70 miles (nearly 113 kilometers) per hour.

“They have been used in both world wars due to their skills in speed endurance and their homing abilities,” the RPRA said.

The Association agrees that pigeons most likely were the first birds that humans domesticated because of their trusting nature and calmness.

“They also have the ability to return to a central location so they are easy to keep—they always return. Meanwhile, pigeons have the ability to deliver messages; Julius Caesar used them in his battles to send messages to and from his troops and occupied areas.'

Some of us may have thought on more than one occasion that pigeons might be a bit on the dumb side. But that isn’t the case! Researchers published a study in 2017 that proved that pigeons understand the concepts of space and time. A lot like humans and primates.

Pigeons are also expert navigators. They can find their way back to their nests from 1.3k miles (nearly 2.1k kilometers) away. The coolest part is that they’re able to do this even if they’ve been taken from their nests and moved in complete isolation and rotated so they don’t know which direction they’re moving in.

Scientists are still unsure why exactly pigeons are so awesome at this. But one thing’s for sure: humanity has known about pigeons’ navigational skill since at least 3000 BC. People used to set caged pigeons free and then follow them to nearby land.

What’s more, the ancient Greeks used to train pigeons to carry the results of the Olympics—so sports fans were always in the know! Pigeons truly are mysterious and beautiful birds and we’re still finding out new things about them every year.

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