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City Pigeons

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Many years ago pigeons nested in cliffs on European coasts, but today they like to live in cities, making their homes in the eaves or on ledges of tall buildings. The French brought these birds to Nova Scotia in the early 1600s, and pigeons eventually found their way to America. They’re considered wild animals, but at the same time, they thrive in urban settings and tend to eat what humans leave behind. Pigeons were domesticated around 4500 B.C., and were even used to send messages back in Caesar’s day.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12




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Domestic Pigeon


Scientists are baffled by the way homing pigeons can find their way home over long distances. Explore the combination of navigational skills used by these unusual birds. Light waves, magnetic fields, and landmarks all play a role in these birds' navigational abilities. Homing pigeons were domesticated five thousand years ago. Brought as domestic birds to North America, they have escaped into the wild in all fifty states where they live in rocky areas and rooftops and live on grain and human food scraps.

Subjects: Homing pigeons

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12



Homing Pigeons

This site chronicles how scientists discovered how homing pigeons navigate their way home. The scientists placed tiny radio transmitters on the pigeons to track their routes. The homing pigeons use the sun and the earth's magnetic field to find their way. Even though all this research has been conducted, researchers still do not know exactly how homing pigeons find their targets.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8


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Encyclopedia Encyclopedia

Pigeons belong to a very large family and can be found throughout the world. Pigeons are very unique in many different aspects including their specialized bills, their use as messenger carriers before the electronic age, and their ability to navigate with help from the sun. Readers will learn about the pigeon on this site and will find descriptions of different breeds including the fantail, Jacobin, the tumbler, the pouter, and the quarrelsome carrier. Other uses for certain species are also discussed on this site.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12




Rock Dove/Pigeon


You may know them by the common name pigeon, but they are also referred to as the rock dove or the rock pigeon. You may find many new interesting facts about pigeons on this site including their physical descriptions, their call, where they live and when they were first introduced to North America, what they eat, where they nest, typical behavior, and migration habits. Readers will also find a few pictures of pigeons on this site.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Mrs. Shilling