Farming and habitat destruction have caused the species to disappear from large areas of Europe.
Consider the wisdom of the flock.
After Google suggested PigeonRank was at the root of its search function, a group of researchers put a small flock of the birds to a different classification test in real life.
A pink pigeon in the wild of Mauritius.
Pink pigeons may make more charismatic subjects for our adoration, but their feral relatives who keep us company in towns and cities are just as deserving.
Not all birds have eyes on the sides of their heads – but even those that do can see straight in front of them.
Down House: the home (and garden) of Charles Darwin.
Was Darwin inspired by the tropical wildlife of his travels to discover natural selection? Actually, pigeons, worms and barnacles were far more prominent in his thinking.
London should be one giant pigeon cemetery, but you rarely see the bodies.
From shapeshifting octopi to acid-firing beetles.
These migratory pied imperial-pigeons in Far North Queensland, like many of Australia’s 22 species of native pigeons and doves, play an important role in our ecosystems but may be at risk from emerging viruses in domestic pigeons.
Two recently emerging viruses in domestic pigeons in Australia may pose a significant threat to Australia's 22 species of native pigeons and doves, many of which have crucial ecosystem roles.
These backpacked pigeons are patrolling London’s skies.
Pigeon Air Patrol
This low-cost way of monitoring air quality is appealing, but there needs to be acknowledgement of their weaknesses as well as strengths.
Genetic analysis has helped untangle the ancestry of an enigmatic extinct bird species. Tim Heupink from Griffith University…
The pigeon is still blaming humans though.
Wagner Free Institute
Once the most numerous bird species in North America, passenger pigeons went from numbering in the billions to being extinct…
Not stopping for directions.
Alan D. Wilson
Pigeons have extraordinary navigational abilities. Take a pigeon from its loft and let it go somewhere it has never been before and it will, after circling in the sky for while, head home. This remarkable…
Cute, cuddly and numerically competent.
The humble pigeon has been in the scientific spotlight lately since the discovery that the much-maligned species is far smarter than previously thought. A study by psychologist Damian Scarf and colleagues…
The humble pigeon mightn’t look smart, but it’s no bird-brain.
We humans have long been interested in defining the abilities that set us apart from other species. Along with capabilities such as language, the ability to recognise and manipulate numbers (“numerical…
Producing milk to feed babies is normally the domain of mammals, including humans. But it has been discovered that the pigeon…