Bio Project Pigeons - Elizabeth Katzki 12/7/05 Pigeons The...

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Elizabeth Katzki 12/7/05 Pigeons The Rock Pigeon, or scientifically named, Columba livia, has a greenish tinted neck, which light reflects off of to create a rainbow affect. The grayish nature of the skull area of the bird contrasts with its vibrant orange eyes, which circumscribe its black pupils. The bodies of these pigeons vary from mostly black, or grey, to predominantly white. Whatever the color that dominates, the wings contain all of these hues, making pigeons polymorphic. The under body is covered in smaller, softer feathers down until the leg meets the claw. The claws are orange like the eyes, and end in nail like “fingertips”. Pigeons are about 13 inches long, and weigh about a pound (Pigeons!). QuickTime and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime• and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Pigeons act as a community in many ways, demonstrated most obviously by their warning signals. When one pigeon senses something wrong, it will fly off making a clapping sound with its wings, so that the other pigeons know to follow. This following happens almost in unison, but with no noticeable formation when in flight. Though it’s said that pigeons are social birds, I observed that they never touch (Pigeons: A Complete
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Pet Owner’s Manuel). Pigeons congregate around water, but never put anything but their beaks into it. This beak dipping is because they drink through their beaks using a straw like method, constantly sucking, rather than taking short sips. Most of the time, the pigeons are in almost line formation on around the edge of the lake. One can tell that they have specific spots where they habitually are, due to the abundance of white feces covering the black cement. Their method of communication is a cooing that sound like it comes from deep in the throat, in addition to their wing clapping, and mating “dances”. There are a few ways that pigeons find a mate: the male walks in circles around the female, the male chases the female, the male runs her away from other males, and something that happens right before the actual mating is billing in which the female puts
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