What are pigeons?
Pigeons are small birds with long legs and large feet. They have black heads, white bodies, grayish-brown feathers on their backs and wings, and yellow bills. Their plumage color varies from light brown to dark brown or even black. The male’s head is larger than the female’s; they look very similar to each other! The males’ bill is longer than the females’. They eat seeds, insects, worms and fruit. They breed once every two years.
How do pigeons produce pigeon peas?
The pea plant produces its seeds in pods called podosia. These pods contain a single seedling embryo inside them. When the pod is broken open, the seedling emerges from it. The seedlings grow quickly and are ready to reproduce within three months after being planted out into the garden soil.
Where do pigeons live?
They prefer to nest in trees, but sometimes they will build nests under houses. The birds make their homes near water sources. They like to nest in hollowed out tree trunks or logs, where there is plenty of shade and moisture. Birds tend to stay close together when nesting so that they don’t get lost during migration. Some bird species such as woodpeckers and crows use pigeon holes for roosting.
What do pigeons look like?
They are small birds that can be plump or skinny, and have short necks. Their beaks are long and conical (cone-shaped) in shape. They have small heads and large feet. Their feathers differ in color depending on the species of the bird. They can range from gray to dark brown and red, with distinctive white circles around their eyes.
What do pigeons eat?
They eat a wide range of food, from grains and seeds to berries and fruit. They sometimes eat meat, especially insects and larvae. They like to eat the seeds that grow in fruits and vegetables, such as potatoes, peas, melons and tomatoes. Pigeons are omnivorous birds, which means they eat plants and meat. They drink water to keep themselves hydrated.
Do pigeons carry diseases?
The birds can carry a lot of different diseases and viruses, such as salmonella, cryptococcosis, aspergillosis and toxoplasmosis. They also harbor parasites such as mites and ticks. Pigeons can transmit disease through their feces, feather dander and airborn particles under normal living conditions.
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