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Elmo pigeon is a lucky boy because he gets to sleep right next to his mate (a.k.a. my husband!). Richard’s bedside table has been claimed as Elmo’s roosting spot – and we’ve put a nice fleece down for him to grip on. When it’s time to go to bed Elmo eagerly hops onto the bed and then onto the bedside table. He stands there, head down, cooing madly – calling Richard to bed!! It is really quite sweet and endearing. On the weekends we tend to go to bed later but if Elmo thinks we’re staying up too late he’ll go to the bedroom and call us to go to bed. What a sweetheart!

Sometimes Elmo stays up a bit to preen himself after I turn off the lights. We can hear quite clearly when his primary or tail feathers run through his beak. Sounds a bit metallic. If he’s a bit tired Elmo might fall asleep before I turn off the light. Elmo tends to sleep standing up on one leg with the other one tucked away. I often wonder how he doesn’t fall over in his sleep standing on one leg. I know that when birds perch the tendons in their legs tighten and their toes lock around the perch which prevents them from falling over in their sleep, however, what about pigeons that don’t perch on branches when they sleep?

Sometimes we can hear Elmo ‘grinding’ his beak as he goes to sleep. It’s hard to describe what he’s doing and I haven’t a clue why he does it but a soft grinding type of noise is made as he opens and closes his beak – like he’s chewing or smacking his lips together! It’s a very sweet thing to hear just as you’re falling alseep. To me it sounds as if he’s content and comfortable, gently falling asleep as he makes this soothing sound. Elmo’s our sleeping beauty!

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