Pigeon

(Rock Dove, Street Pigeon)

Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Columba
Species: livia

La. columba dove, pigeon
La. forma form, kind, species
iLa. –idae appearance, resemblance
La. livere blueish
La. liveus blue-grey

Painting of two pigeons in a grassy ocean shore habitat.
Historically, in the wild, pigeons nested on cliff face ledges, rocky shelters under ridges and various other land forms that provided protection and isolation across the Mediterranean region, Europe and western Asia. They began to live near humans and occupy their structures long ago.

Now they are widespread throughout most of North America generally below 50 degrees latitude, further North along populated coastal areas and also in regions usually surrounding more densely populated areas of southern South America, southern Africa, Asia and Australia. About another dozen subspecies inhabit regions around the world.

These are the same pigeons numbering in the tens of millions that now reside throughout most of the non-polar world on farms, and country roads, in towns and cities, in city streets and plazas, on wires, rooftops, windows, window air conditioners, and ledges. They nest on any platform that is large enough and has minimal overhead protection and they perch everywhere.

You hear them cooing in their nests.

Where they coexist with people they forage for discarded grains and scraps providing a beneficial cleaning function and their population remains stabilized at reasonable numbers. But, a sort of confused pet affinity inspires do-gooders to provide food inflating their populations to unnatural and intolerable, yet tolerated levels.

Courts even preserve the rights of pet lovers to dump hundreds of pounds of bird seed in city plazas which are converted to feces defacing building facades and public art and spreading filth on streets, public transportation and side walks.

It doesn’t end there. It begins. Pigeon feces are tracked into our buildings on our shoes, blow in from outside window ledges and is even sucked in through filtered ventilation systems. Vacuum cleaners lift it from carpeting, grind it into finer particles and spew it into the interior atmosphere. Ubiquitous dry media containing pathogens and mold spore floats through every cubic centimeter of our air searching for moisture, depositing on our clothes, in our hair, in our food and in our lungs.

Thousands of office workers breath from contaminated ventilation systems which were intended to ensure healthy office environments, but instead maintain sick buildings that promote asthma and other vascular disease. In those same office buildings managers consult with engineers to determine the cause.

There is some relief. Here and there some cities have enforced common sense sanitation rules for public areas reducing the number of foraging pigeons.

Years of pigeon feces stacked up at the Belmont CTA Station, Chicago.

Thank goodness dogs can’t fly.

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Pigeon

Painting of two pigeons in a grassy ocean shore habitat.
(Rock Dove, Street Pigeon)

Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Columba
Species: livia

La. columba dove, pigeon
La. forma form, kind, species
iLa. –idae appearance, resemblance
La. livere blueish
La. liveus blue-grey

Historically, in the wild, pigeons nested on cliff face ledges, rocky shelters under ridges and various other land forms that provided protection and isolation across the Mediterranean region, Europe and western Asia. They began to live near humans and occupy their structures long ago.

Now they are widespread throughout most of North America generally below 50 degrees latitude, further north along populated coastal areas and also in regions usually surrounding more densely populated areas of southern South America, southern Africa, Asia and Australia. About another dozen subspecies inhabit regions around the world.

These are the same pigeons numbering in the tens of millions that now reside throughout most of the non-polar world on farms, and country roads, in towns and cities, in city streets and plazas, on wires, rooftops, windows, window air conditioners, and ledges.

They nest on any platform that is large enough and has minimal overhead protection and they perch everywhere.

You hear them cooing in their nests.

Where they coexist with people they forage for discarded grains and scraps providing a beneficial cleaning function and their population remains stabilized at reasonable numbers.

But, a sort of confused pet affinity inspires do-gooders to provide food inflating their populations to unnatural and intolerable, yet tolerated levels.

Courts even preserve the rights of pet lovers to dump hundreds of pounds of bird seed in city plazas which are converted to feces defacing building facades and public art and spreading filth on streets, public transportation and side walks.

It doesn’t end there. It begins. Pigeon feces are tracked into our buildings on our shoes, blow in from outside window ledges and is even sucked in through filtered ventilation systems.

Vacuum cleaners lift it from carpeting, grind it into finer particles and spew it into the interior atmosphere.

Ubiquitous dry media containing pathogens and mold spore floats through every cubic centimeter of our air searching for moisture, depositing on our clothes, in our hair, in our food and in our lungs.

Thousands of office workers breath from contaminated ventilation systems which were intended to ensure healthy office environments, but instead maintain sick buildings that promote asthma and other vascular disease.

In those same office buildings managers consult with engineers to determine the cause.

There is some relief. Here and there some cities have enforced common sense sanitation rules for public areas reducing the number of foraging pigeons.

Stacks of pigeon feces.

Thank goodness dogs can’t fly.

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