Things to Do in Downtown Galt
Things to Do in Galt
Ecopost 2.1- Pigeons at Play
The doves that you see in this area are likely to be the Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) whose native range is from India to Spain. In the wild they nest on sea and mountain cliffs but hey have adapted well to city buildings. These handsome pigeons occur in various colour combinations but usually with two dark wing bands. This is the same species as the carrier pigeons that were once so important in carrying express military messages. The Rock Pigeon is now common, and often a pest, in cities around the world as well as near any grain elevator.
Don’t overlook these cheeky urban dwellers. Even if they are a nuisance for home and business owners, they have interesting behaviours. Watch closely as you enjoy your coffee or lunch!Look out for:
Head bobbing. Pigeons’ eyes are at the side of their heads – good for spotting potential predators, but poor for judging distance. When they move their eyes up and down those bobble-heads are getting a fix on you and your sandwich!
Chilling out and warming up. Pigeons will rest where they can get most relief from heat or cold. Watch how they choose different perches on different days, depending on the weather.
Pairing up. Pigeons tend to mate for life. When a male courts a female he will prance around her, bowing and spreading his feathers. If she likes him they will put their bills together in a “kiss”.
Read more about rock pigeons.