A pigeon, Gustav, carried the first word of the Normandy invasion back to the British mainland in WW2, as the fleet underwent radio silence at that time. He flew 150 miles in 5 hours 16 minutes. He was awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery. He died after the war by being accidentally stepped on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
The Pigeons typically seen in cities are really Rock Doves, and the Doves released at weddings are really Homing Pigeons. Pigeon and Dove are interchangeable terms. allaboutbirds.org/guide/R…
Nikola Tesla once spent over $2,000 on an injured white pigeon. The amount includes building a device that comfortably supported her so her bones could heal. "I loved that pigeon as a man loves a woman, and she loved me. As long as I had her, there was a purpose to my life," he said of her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Today I learned of Project Pigeon, in which American behaviorist B.F. Skinner attempted to develop a pigeon-controlled guided bomb during World War II. wikipedia.org/wiki/Projec…
Doves and pigeons are the same bird. In English, the smaller species tend to be called "dove" and the larger ones "pigeon". The distinction is not consistent, and does not exist in most other languages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/pig…
The common pigeon is the 7th fastest animal on the planet. The cheetah ranks 12th. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fas…
Hilda Woodward was one of the oldest female artists to feature in a song that became a Number One single in the United Kingdom. Woodward, who played piano for the band "Lieutenant Pigeon" alongside son and frontman Rob, was 58 when "Mouldy Old Dough" reached Number One. She died aged 85 in 1999. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie…
Homing Pigeons can average a speed of 60mph over 600 miles, and reach speeds of up to 100mph in short bursts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
, when Paul Reuter developed his own news agency (Reuters News Agency) he used carrier pigeons to give Berlin news from the Paris stock exchange, as they were speedier than trains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
In studies, pigeons and honeybees were able to differentiate between two artist's styles. bbc.com/earth/story/20141…
That fluting sound some pigeons make when taking off are made by their wing feathers, and serve as an alarm system to other pigeons. discovermagazine.com/plan…
World-renowned behaviorist B.F. Skinner worked with the US military and General Mills to create β€œPigeons in a Pelican,” which involved training kamikaze pigeons to pilot a missile by pecking at it. army.mil/article/111511/i…
In April 2001 a parody internet protocol was implemented IRL via pigeons! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_…
Street pigeons (also known as feral pigeons) are descended from domesticated pigeons, not wild ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Today I learned about Project Pigeon where psychologist B.F. Skinner developed pigeon-guided missiles for World War II. He put pigeons in the nose cones of missiles and trained them to peck at targets. It was effective but never got off the ground because nobody took them seriously and radar became popular. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._…
A 2017 University of Iowa experiment concluded that pigeons can understand concepts of space and time, but not exactly how they do it. The birds β€œjudged longer lines to also have longer duration and judged lines longer in duration to also be longer in length.” mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Mile Tyson raises pigeons youtu.be/cD-yu1_XNSA
There is a city in the U.K that had a problem with "street drinkers" eating it's pigeons. telegraph.co.uk/news/2017…
Pigeons can't walk without bobbing their heads loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
Today I learned about the Skinner box experiment, where pigeons who pressed a lever were randomly given a bit of food. This made the pigeons tense and press the lever more often. This principle was used in slot machines to hook the player into pressing the spin button more often designindaba.com/articles…
Pigeons, flamingos, and male emperor penguins produce crop milk to feed their young. worldatlas.com/articles/w…
The Nicobar Pigeon is the closest living relative of the Do Do Bird. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Today I learned of Birmingham Roller pigeons that backwards somersault while flying en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
The Nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) is a colorful bird mainly found on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean. Its plumage is metallic green and red, and its bill bears a small blackish knob. This pigeon is considered to be the closest living relative of the now extinct dodo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Today I learned about the Passenger Pigeon de-extinction project intended to restore flocks of Passenger Pigeons to the eastern U.S., in-turn restoring a consistent and significant disturbance factor to stimulate cycles of regeneration, making forests more productive and diverse. reviverestore.org/about-t…
New York City has the highest concentration of nesting Peregrine falcons in the world. The birds can soar over the city by taking advantage of updrafts from skyscrapers. Pigeons are widely available for food, which also negates their need to migrate. bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/med…
Owls have a reputation of being wise due to their large eyes, but are not smart enough to be trained - unlike parrots, hawks, and pigeons. They still have a complex brain, but it spends much of its time processing information from its optic nerves. scienceiq.com/Facts/WiseA…
Today I learned of 'Stumpy' John Silver, a WW1 homing pigeon in France whose stuffed body is on display at the USAF museum. The bird was injured and lost its leg when a shell exploded nearby. It flew on for 25 minutes and the message tube was delivered, hanging from the remaining ligaments of the torn leg. nationalmuseum.af.mil/Vis…
Lyme disease was not as common in the past as it is now, and its prevalence is actually due to an explosion in the white-footed mouse population at the turn of the 20th century. This in turn coincides with the extinction of the mouse's primary ecological competitor: the passenger pigeon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
In WWI a carrier pigeon was shot, blinded, and had her leg blown off but was still able to deliver her message - saving the lives of 194 soldiers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Crocodiles are more closely related to pigeons than to lizards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
Pigeons were successfully trained to discriminate color slides of paintings by Monet and Picasso. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Certain birds can produce a milk type substance called crop milk. The birds that produce include pigeons, flamingos, and emperor penguin. thespruce.com/glossary-de…
The passenger pigeon population was greater than all other North American birds combined, then fell to zero in just half a century. bagheera.com/passenger-pi…
Homing pigeons are often mistakenly called carrier pigeons. In fact, they are two different breeds of pigeons. The carrier pigeon was bred for its beauty and the homing pigeon, for its speed and ability to always return home mypassionforscience.org/h…
Racing pigeons can live for upwards of 20 years! rpra.org/about-rpra/getti…
Pigeons use roads and highways to navigate, even if it makes their journey significantly longer than flying in a straight line from A to B. nature.com/news/2004/0402…
Pigeons and doves are actually the same bird and that they are generally distinguished based on size (doves being smaller) but not always. The difference in name comes from Latin-based "pipio" and Germanic-based "dove". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The Dodo Bird's ancestors were normal sized pigeons, and was subject to Island gigantism which is a biological phenomenon in which the size of an animal isolated on an island, increases dramatically, compared to its mainland relatives. Thus it grew larger than normal pigeons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
Pigeons can understand when a flock leader is doing a poor job and course correct. The poor leader will also spend less time as head bird and lose flock mates due to poor performance. popsci.com/pigeons-know-w…
Over 16 million animals served in World War One. Both sides had large cavalries, camels were used in desert campaigns, dogs and pigeons carried messages, canaries were used to detect gas, and cats and dogs were trained to hunt rats in the trenches. Various animals were used as mascots too. iwm.org.uk/history/15-ani…
The first tanks that were built and deployed into war (WWI) were equipped with messenger pigeons. As radio would not start to take off for another 10 years this was the solution for the tank crew to communicate from within the vehicle. iwm.org.uk/history/the-in…
Today I learned of William of Orange, a war pigeon from British Intelligence service MI14. In 1944, he delivered a message which saved more than 2000 soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Pigeons are a invasive non-native feral animals. They are the world's oldest domestic bird and were domesticated between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago from the Rock Dove. The birds adapted well to life in the city because building ledges mimic sea cliffs where they originally lived and nested. cell.com/current-biology/…
The bell sounds at the start of "Hells Bells" were made by a bell custom made for AC/DC. It was a replica of the Loughborough War Museum's Denison Bell, which the band could not record due to pigeons in the tower interrupting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Belgium has a problem with cocaine infused pigeons theguardian.com/world/201…
16,000 homing pigeons were parachuted into France on D Day, with the intention that anyone who found them could send valuable information back to Britain. Only 1,800 made it back, and the remainder either perished unfound in their containers, or fell victim to nazi hawks stationed along the coas news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
In Barcelona, they control the pigeon population by mixing birth control chemicals with the birdseed elpais.com/elpais/2017/02…
Venice has put a strict ban on feeding pigeons at the famous St. Marks Square. If a tourist is caught in the act, he/she will have to pay a heavy fine for that. As per authorities, the pigeons were causing damage to the city’s marble statues and other structures by pecking. reuters.com/article/us-ve…
During WW2 air support had been requested against a German occupied city. By then, the British took the city but were unable to radio the RAF to stop the bombing, so a pigeon named G.I. Joe was sent to stop it, arriving just as the planes were preparing to take off, saving thousands of men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.I…
In South Africa,2009, an employee of an IT company complained that data would get transferred faster by carrier pigeon than on ASDL. Winston the pigeon armed with 4gb memory stick took two hours to carry the data 60 miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/82480…
Rock group, Kings of Leon, once canceled a show midway through during their 2010 tour because a pigeon shit in the bassist’s, Jared Followill’s, mouth nme.com/news/music/kings-…
In 1997 tens of thousands of pigeons went missing during a race from France to England. Five years later one of the pigeons finally made it home. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
In WWII, homing pigeons were carried on B-17 bombers, at heights up to 35,000 ft., so that if the plane was going down, the crew could release the bird (at speeds of up to ~400mph) in order to inform their superiors of their approximate location. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan…
It is estimated that there were 3 to 5 billion passenger pigeons making up 25 to 40 percent of the total U.S. bird population when Europeans discovered America. They became effectively extinct in 1914. si.edu/spotlight/passenge…
There used to be so many passenger pigeons in America, that flocks of them flying overhead could easily block out the sun and create darkness in the middle of the day for a few minutes. They could also break the limbs of trees when setting down on them, causing feathery avalanches. popsci.com/article/scienc…
Some species of Pelican will actually eat other smaller birds like pigeons. animals.howstuffworks.com…
Some of the earliest examples of aerial photography were taken by pigeons with cameras and mechanical timers strapped onto them. The pigeons would be released and let to fly free. When the pigeon was tired it would return home and the photo would be retrieved. newyorker.com/culture/pho…
Bosnian police arrested a pigeon in 2008. The pigeon travelled more than 70km to deliver heroin to four prisoners, one of which was its owner. telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
B.F Skinner proposed Project Pigeon. This system divided the nose cone of a missile into three compartments, with a pigeon placed in each. When launched within sight of an enemy, the target was projected such that pecks at the screen would guide the missile toward the ship. wikipedia.org/wiki/Projec…
Pigeons who are sick or aging hide (and die) in remote places a reason why its rare to see pigeon corpses theconversation.com/where…
Turtles eat small birds such as pigeons youtu.be/E8rU-bLYM7Y
Today I learned of Satan of Verdun, a messenger dog in World War 1 who carried messages and passenger pigeons, and despite being injured, helped turn the tide of the Battle of Verdun with encouragement from his handler as he was injured before both he and his handler died. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Today I learned of the frillback, a curly-feathered pigeons we’ve created with selective breeding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Aviation experts say African airlines have a terrible safety record but Ethiopian Airlines has always been considered an exception with a solid history. The previous fatal crash was in 1988 when a domestic flight hit a flock of pigeons and crashed, killing 31 people independent.co.uk/news/wo…
In the 1900 Summer Olympics held in Paris, Pigeon Shooting was an event, where actual live pigeons were used. Competitors had to shoot as many birds as possible; after missing two in a row, the shooter was eliminated. Nearly 300 birds were ultimately killed. britannica.com/list/5-unu…
Today I learned about Dr. Julius Neubronner's 1907 miniature pigeon held camera that he used to take aerial photos. Perhaps the earliest known version of today's drone cameras. publicdomainreview.org/co…
Building Peregrine Falcon nesting boxes is a valid and sustainable corrosion prevention measure, as it prevents the "deposition" of acidic pigeon guano on structural steel. phys.org/news/2019-03-tax…
A pigeon received the Croix de Guerre medal for distinguished bravery in WW1. After being shot down and suffering multiple wounds she carried on, and saved the lives of 194 men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Carrier pigeons only carry messages one way, to their home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Homing pigeons can carry Internet Protocol traffic en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_…
Mike Tyson first got into fighting when another boy ripped off the head of one of his pet pigeons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
There really is no difference between a dove and a pigeon. While people may use one to describe characteristics (such as being smaller or white), the difference is more about linguistics than their taxonomy. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
At the Berlin Olympic ceremony in 1936, 25.000 pigeons were released followed by canon fire. Which in the literal sense scared the crap out of them as they began to defecate on the crowd and athlete's. youtu.be/1inifMJ0xio?t=99
Today I learned of a pigeon, Cher Ami, that was awarded the Croix de Guerre for its service during WWI. Cher Ami delivered the S.O.S. message of a lost, encircled battalion despite being shot through the breast, blinded in one eye, covered in blood, and with a leg hanging only by a tendon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Nikola Tesla Fell In Love With A Pigeon wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola…
In 2009 a pigeon named Winston raced Telkom, South Africa's largest ISP, to see who could deliver 4GB of data to a location 60 miles away the fastest. By the time Winston arrived with the 4GB flash drive, Telkom had transmitted only 4% of the data. m.phys.org/news/2009-09-c…
Trained pigeons could tell the difference between a Picasso and Monet painting. The pigeons could distinguish a Picasso from a Monet. They could even tell when a Picasso painting was shown upside down. io9.gizmodo.com/an-experi…
Passenger pigeons were once the most abundant birds in the world - accounting for a more than a quarter of all birds in the US. Pigeon meat was commercialised as cheap food for slaves in the 1800s. This led to massive hunting. The bird is now extinct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
The Chinese government has a army division consisting of 10,000 pigeons. content.time.com/time/wor…
A WW2 pigeon named Mary of Exeter survived an assassination attempt by a German warhawk, was shot, hit with shrapnel, and survived a bombing of her loft while delivering messages across the English Channel to France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Pigeons have a national holiday on June 13, Which honors Cher Ami, a carrier pigeon that valiantly completed its World War I mission to deliver military intelligence to the U.S. Army in France, even after being shot and suffering a partially severed limb. worldwideweirdholidays.co…
That, in 1922, Nikola Tesla imagined that his favorite pigeon told him that she was dying. When she actually did shortly after, he said that "something went out of his life and he knew his life's work was finished". teslauniverse.com/nikola-…
Today I learned about the british homing pigeon Cher Ami that got awarded with the "Croix de Guerre", a french military award in World War I, for saving 194 trapped american soldiers in the Argonne-Offensive by delivering a message to the headquarters despite being shot multiple times by the germans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The New Zealand Pigeon (KererΕ«) eats lots of berries and can become β€œdrunk” off of them, making them crash into and fall out of trees kererudiscovery.org.nz/ab…
A successively bred generation of pigeons, known as Parlor Rollers, do not have the ability to fly. Instead, when attempting to fly, they do a back flip. It is still unknown what causes them to backflip instead of fly farmshow.com/a_article.ph…
During WW2 British intelligence parachuted into occupied territory over 16000 pigeon spies. Operation Columba went on for over 3 years and was considered a huge success. historyextra.com/period/s…
Nikola Tesla was obsessed with caring for sick pigeons. (He is reputed to have said of one, β€œI loved that pigeon as a man loves a woman, and she loved me.") teslauniverse.com/nikola-…
In 2010, psychologists found that pigeons outperformed college students on a variant of the Monty Hall problem, a famously vexing math puzzle. Unlike the birds, the humans β€œfailed to adopt optimal strategies, even with extensive training.” undark.org/article/i-thin…
Norman Poole, the first British soldier to land in France during D-Day, used pigeons to send back vital intelligence before being captured. theguardian.com/world/201…
It took 4 hours for pigeon to transfer 4GB over 60miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent only 4% of the data. mashable.com/2009/09/10/c…
Pigeons can be taught to diagnose breast cancer bbc.com/news/science-envi…
A pigeon in China can sell for 1 million dollars. Pigeon races are a very lucrative business there. www-m.cnn.com/2019/03/18/…
Internet Protocol over Carrier Pigeons is a thing and in fact can be faster at transferring data than the actual internet due to digital storage having grown 3 times as fast as internet bandwidth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_…
A WW1 homing pigeon saved 194 men by continuing her flight after losing a leg, an eye and having been shot through the chest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The "death spiral" occurs when pilots can only sense a plane descending but not that it is turning, causing them to spiral downwards to their death. It even affects homing pigeons, which, when thrown out of airplanes blindfolded, will spiral helplessly to the ground. theatlantic.com/technolog…
A man "walking oddly" in Baltimore in 1989 was stopped by police. He was found to have 21 live homing pigeons stuffed in his trousers. articles.latimes.com/1989…
Wimbledon employs a bird of prey, Rufus the Hawk, to keep pigeons away from the tennis courts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruf…
In 1997/9 someone tried to blackmail NestlΓ©, demanding 14m$ in diamonds sent by pigeon-mail. The bird then led the police to the perpetrator who was sentenced 11 yrs in jail. iol.co.za/mercury/world/p…
Today I learned about "the eccentric world of Spanish pigeon racers, who hand-paint their birds in neon colours and send them off to woo a female." theguardian.com/artanddes…

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