Expert Reveals Why We Never See Baby Pigeons


Hey there, bird enthusiasts and curious minds! We’ve got a feathery mystery on our hands today – the enigma of the missing baby pigeons! Cue suspenseful music.

Now, pigeons, scientifically known as Columba livia, are savvy little songbirds belonging to the Order Passeriformes, or as we hip folks like to call them, ‘perching’ birds. These urban dwellers are basically the city slickers of the avian world, chilling in parks, streets, and plazas worldwide, where they’ve got food, water, and shelter at their beck and call.


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But hold on to your hats, because here’s the million-dollar question – have you ever spotted a baby pigeon? No? Well, that’s the case for many of us! But fret not, these tiny fluff balls haven’t pulled a Houdini on us.

It turns out these baby pigeons are experts at staying incognito. They wisely choose to stay put in their nests until they’re all decked out with feathers and resemble their adult counterparts. And guess where these clever nests are located? On rooftops and high-rises, of course! It’s like they’re saying, “Catch us if you can!”

Marc Devokaitis, the public information specialist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, New York, adds some more wisdom to this feathered tale. He points out that most baby songbirds, not just our fashionable pigeons, prefer to stay hidden in their nests until they’ve sprouted their feathers and grown up to be bird adults. So, our pigeon pals aren’t the only ones with the ultimate hiding game!

But hey, let’s give credit where it’s due – these baby rock pigeons are the kings and queens of stealth! Their nests are like secret VIP clubs, tucked away on rooftops, bridges, and anywhere else that offers a view from the top. Move over, James Bond, the baby pigeons are the real secret agents!

Oh, and here’s a fun fact for you – before cities became all modern and fancy with skyscrapers, wild rock pigeons used to chill in caves and rocky crevices on cliffs. Talk about living on the edge! But nowadays, anything flat and sheltered works for their nests, and they are absolute pros at avoiding prying eyes.

But wait, there’s more! Unlike some of their avian buddies who are eager to flee the nest ASAP, pigeon babies get a little extra TLC from their mama bird. They get to chill in their mom’s cozy quarters for at least three weeks, and sometimes even up to six weeks! Talk about a cushy childhood!

Now, I know you’re all itching to spot these elusive baby pigeons, and we’ve got some top-secret tips for you! Look out for feathers that are still in progress, dark eyes (because adult pigeons are all about the red-orange eyes), and those tapered primary feathers, which are like the divas of the bird’s wing.

So there you have it, folks! The next time you find yourself pondering the puzzling case of the missing baby pigeons, remember they’re just taking their time, growing, and preparing for their grand entrance into the big, wide world. It’s a pigeon conspiracy, and we’re here for it! Keep those binoculars ready, and happy bird watching! 🐦🔍