Ever wondered why we don’t see baby pigeons?
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Ever questioned why a baby pigeon has never appeared to you? Now you won’t have to wonder, as one professional has clarified why that is.
First things first: Think back to the last time you were out and saw a flock of our feathery friends hanging out together, if you haven’t already questioned why there aren’t any newborn pigeons.
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You’re contemplating it, right? Try to remember if there was a baby or a younger bird among their feathered ranks; I guarantee you can’t.
mostly due to the elusive nature of baby pigeons. So much so that it is possible to live a full life without ever physically encountering one.
What gives, though?
A conservation biologist with the New York City Audubon Society, Debra Kriensky, has the solution, and it’s actually rather simple.
peaking to IFLScience back in 2017, Kriensky explained: “By the time they leave the nest, they are already quite large and resemble adult birds more than they do chicks.”
Ah, I see. Makes sense. To be honest, I’m not really sure why I assumed it would be something more thrilling than this.
In addition, Kriensky noted that young pigeons are ready to leave the nest in around 25 to 32 days, so there is actually just a brief window of opportunity for you to observe one of the young birds before it blends in with an adult pigeon.
And for anyone wondering how the little birds look compared to their adult counterparts, Martin Fowlie of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) added: “Pigeons are born naked and need to grow feathers before they can leave the nest.
“They remain in their nests until they are able to fly like other nest building species.” Fair enough.
Oh, and if you do spot a baby pigeon on the off chance that it has fallen out of its nest, it probably needs a helping hand to prevent it from dying.
Kriensky said: “We do see a fair amount of babies that fall out of the nest before they are big enough to fly and fend for themselves.
“In those cases, chicks should be returned to their nest, a makeshift nest nearby if possible, or brought to a wildlife rehabilitator.”
So there you go – I don’t know about you but I reckon I’ll sleep better tonight knowing this.