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In our old flat we allowed Dora (when we had her) to fly free. She would spend most of her time either on the bookcase, on the kitchen cabinet tops, or perched on the window (the old sash type).

One lazy Sunday we were watching TV when our intercom went off. On answering, a frantic voice said “Do you know you have a pigeon in your house?!”. I had to assure them she was ours, and was absolutely fine.

I wonder how many people have walked past and thought ‘That poor pigeon’s stuck in that flat’. Poor pigeon indeed!

I was sat at work sat behind my desk today with the sun beaming down outside when I decided tonight was BBQ dinner night. We bought a BBQ on sunday, and I want to make the most of it!

Although we would love to have Elmo and Georgie outside with us unfortunately Elmo is scared of pretty much everything, a large metal drum with fire coming out of it would most definately freak him out. I’d prefer it if he wasn’t on the BBQ.

So he sits there by the bedroom window staring at us while we (I) cook. He’s not the only one though. I can feel a few dosen eyes focused on the back of my neck, as I look round I see at least 20 pigeons perched on the neighbouring roof waiting for us to clear the way for them to come for their dinner. After all, it is THEIR garden… right?

This video is light-hearted and spreads a good message. The song’s catchy too. :)

First installment of our Video Fridays, when we’ll post a different pigeon videoclip that we’ve found on the net. Enjoy!

This is wonderful:

So sweet. :D

Stumbled across this story about Bertie, a pet pigeon: http://www.lifeinthefastlane.ca/pet-pigeons-as-mans-best-friend/offbeat-news

Watch the video clip of the rollers! Awesome stuff. :D

Pet Pigeons as Mans Best Friend

By Deborah • January 17, 2008

Could pigeons replace fanciful felines and cuddly canines as man’s best friend and beloved companion? One British family seems to think so.

Photo Daily Mail / Irving of Exeter

Most people return from garage sales with a booty of goodies they got on the cheap, but one family got more than they bargained for when a pigeon took a liking to them, followed them around and became their darling pet.

Bertie the pigeon now lives with the Moor family, travels in their car, sleeps on their bed, guards their home, and is even housetrained. “There is a cage for her but she insists on sleeping next to me.” says Jane Moor, from Topsham, Devon.

Photo Metro

Photo Daily Mail / Irving of Exeter

“We went to a car boot sale and this pigeon kept following us about. The chap who owned it said he’d had it for a year. He asked if we wanted Bertie.”

“We took her home and expected her to fly off but she has stuck around and been with us ever since.”

Photo Metro

“She is quite a character. She guards the house and goes on outings with us, riding in the car and then flying home on her own if she gets bored.”

She explained, “If I go anywhere near the car, she will sit on top of it or stand in front of it until I agree to let her get in with me. We took her to Portland once and she managed to find her way back home within 2 hours.”

“She got in through an upstairs window and almost frightened my daughter to death as she thought the house was being burgled when she heard things crashing about.”

But the pigeon does have some jealousy issues — Bertie is so attached to Jane that she fights her husband Kimberly, vying for attention. ‘When my husband kisses me goodbye Bertie does not like it. She puffs herself out and tries to see him off.’

Jane admitted that she struggles to leave the house without the overprotective bird, who can’t bear to be separated from her.

“If any guest tries to go upstairs, she pecks at their feet and tries to stop them, as she sees it as her territory.”

Jane’s daughter Kelly admits the pigeon’s attachment to her mother has made it difficult for the family to express affection.

“She’s taken a real shine to my mum and sits on her shoulder preening her like she would if she was another bird, but she doesn’t have much time for our cats and dogs.” said Kelly. “She hits them with her wings and pushes them off my mum’s bed if they try to jump up.”

Photo Metro

“I would be really quite devastated if she went now. I enjoy having her around and she will be allowed to stay as long as she wants.” Jane said.

Jane commented that neighbors thought the family was crazy for their choice of pet. “But we don’t mind.” she added. “I guess it is unusual but it’s just a situation that’s evolved over time — she’s part of the family now.”

About Pigeons
In general, the terms “dove” and “pigeon” are used rather interchangeably. Zoologists frequently refer to doves as the smaller species and pigeons for larger ones, but this is in no way consistently applied, and the common names for these birds involve a great deal of variation between the term “dove” and “pigeon.”


The species commonly referred to just as the “pigeon” is the feral Rock Pigeon, common in many cities throughout the world. The greatest variety of pigeons is in the Indomalaya and Australasia ecozones. Young doves and pigeons are called “squabs.”

Their usually flimsy nests are made of sticks, and the 2 white eggs are incubated by both sexes. Doves feed on seeds, fruit and plants. Unlike most other birds, doves and pigeons produce “crop milk,” which is secreted by a sloughing of fluid-filled cells from the lining of the crop. Both sexes produce this highly nutritious substance to feed to the young.

So could a pigeon replace cats or dogs as man’s best friend as the favored pet?

(From: http://www.lifeinthefastlane.ca/pet-pigeons-as-mans-best-friend/offbeat-news)

We are of the opinion that Elmo doesn’t consider himself pigeon, but rather as a human. One very confused pigeon we thought.

However, is this entirely true? My recent post on Pij-n-Angels website has made me think that perhaps, us pigeon owners are in fact being turned into pigeons by our beloved pets. Take these rather crazy behavious as examples:

  1. I preen my pigeon. I use my nose as a beak and will run it around his neck, and occasionally tug a few feathers using my lips.
  2. My pigeon feeds me, my little finger being a ‘beak’ he forces down his own throat.
  3. We nest together: On the sofa he will sit near me, or in his nest cooing away trying to get my attention. When we go to sleep we nest together (his bed is my bedside table no more than 4 feet away from my face).
  4. I’ll coo to him, using various tones which any pigeon owner will be able to recognise as aggressive, loving, excited or confused.
  5. I bow my head to get his attention as he does to me.
  6. I’ll allow him to mate with my hand.

So, it would seem I have a very healthy PIGEON relationship.

One worring and very embarrasing pigeon behavour I do is bow my head at people IN PUBLIC. If I find something cute I find myself bowing my head like a pigeon…

I struggle to think of human behavious my pigeon has picked up. So, is he really more human than pigeon, or am I just a little bit more pigeon than I used to be…?


Funny pre WWII video of a very bossy pigeon!