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2014-04-04 23:28:28

MickaCoo, a pigeon and dove rescue organization, is now receiving funding from Animal Support, a charity co-founded by Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi. Operating in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, MickaCoo saves the lives of domestic pigeons and doves by providing avian vet care, foster homes, and placement into non-breeding, not-sporting, forever homes. (PRWEB) April 03, 2014 Animal Support, co-founded by Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi, is a new supporter of MickaCoo...

Homing Pigeons Follow Their Noses
2013-11-06 12:14:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A scientist writing in the journal Biogeosciences suggests that homing pigeons may using their noses to help guide them back home. Birds are known to use tools like the sun and Earth’s magnetic field to help them navigate around. Homing pigeons are king of this category and were even used by spies in World War II to help deliver messages in and out of war zones. However, the skill homing pigeons possess to help navigate the skies has...

Homing Pigeons Fly Home Using Mental Map
2013-07-25 11:18:13

University of Zurich Homing pigeons fly off from an unknown place in unfamiliar territory and still manage to find their way home. Their ability to find their way home has always been fascinating to us humans. Despite intensive research, it is not yet definitively clear where this unusual gift comes from. All we know is that homing pigeons and migratory birds determine their flight direction with the help of the Earth's magnetic field, the stars and the position of the sun. As Nicole...

Mutant Gene Responsible For Pigeons' Funky Hair-Dos
2013-02-01 11:09:29

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study in the journal Science Express, an international team of researchers has sequenced the entire rock pigeon genome, and made some interesting discoveries in the process. "Birds are a huge part of life on Earth, but we know surprisingly little about their genetics," study co-author Michael Shapiro, a biologist at the University of Utah, said in a statement. Using cutting edge sequencing techniques, the...

Hunting Birds Favor Uniquely Colored Birds, Study Indicates
2012-04-16 04:12:15

Goshawks tend to focus in on pigeons with unique colors when the birds are travelling in large flocks -- a phenomenon known as the "oddity effect," according to a new study published last Thursday in the journal Current Biology. The study, which was authored by Christian Rutz of Oxford University's Department of Zoology, looked at goshawks as they preyed on feral pigeons in Hamburg, Germany, the institute reported on their website Friday. His goal was to determine whether or not the...

Image 1 - For Pigeons, Visible Traits Don't Necessarily Coincide With Genes
2012-01-20 05:37:10

[ Watch the Video ] Pigeons display spectacular variations in their feathers, feet, beaks and other physical traits, but a new University of Utah study shows that visible traits don't always coincide with genetics: A bird from one breed may have huge foot feathers, while a closely related breed does not; yet two unrelated pigeon breeds both may have large foot feathers. "Most people think of pigeons as rats of the sky, but in fact they're really incredibly diverse," says Michael...

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2011-07-05 08:29:31

New research has shown that feral, untrained pigeons can recognize individual people and are not fooled by a change of clothes. Researchers, who presented their work at the Society for Experimental Biology Annual Conference in Glasgow on Sunday the 3rd of July, have shown that urban pigeons that have never been caught or handled can recognize individuals, probably by using facial characteristics. Although pigeons have shown remarkable feats of perception when given training in the lab this is...

2009-01-05 20:27:29

A councilor in England's Calderdale borough said planned pigeon awareness days is an idea that could have come straight out of a Monty Python sketch. The pigeon awareness days are part of a report to Calderdale Council's health and social care scrutiny panel that also calls for removing eggs from nests as part of an effort to rid the town of Brighouse of feral pigeons, The Daily Mail reported Monday. However, the nearly $15,000 plan was ridiculed by Councilor Paul Rogan. There is only one way...

2007-07-30 16:59:36

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hollywood residents believe they've found a humane way to reduce their pigeon population and the messes the birds make: the pill. Over the next few months a birth control product called OvoControl P, which interferes with egg development, will be placed in bird food in new rooftop feeders. "We think we've got a good solution to a bad situation," said Laura Dodson, president of the Argyle Civic Association, the group leading the effort to try the new contraceptive. "The poop...


Latest Columba Reference Libraries

Bonin Wood Pigeon, Columbia versicolor
2014-09-10 10:35:09

The Bonin Wood Pigeon (Columbia versicolor) was a pigeon that was native to Nakado-jima and Chichi-jima in the Ogasawara Islands off of the coast of Japan. It’s known from four documented specimens, the first of 1827 and the last from 1889. They averaged a length of 45 centimeters. This bird died out late in the 19th century as a result of deforestation, hunting, and predation by the rats and cats that were introduced. This pigeon was of medium-size, with an average length of 45...

Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius
2014-04-18 10:16:19

The Passenger Pigeon or the Wild Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) is an extinct North American bird. The species resided in enormous migratory flocks until the early 20th century, when hunting and habitat destruction led to its demise. One flock in 1866 in southern Ontario was described as being 1 mile wide and 300 miles long, took 14 hours to pass, and held more than 3.5 billion birds. That number, if it is accurate, would likely represent a large fraction of the entire population at that...

Pink Pigeon, Columba mayeri
2009-06-04 23:10:27

The Pink Pigeon (Columba mayeri) is a species of bird of the Columbidae family, which includes doves and pigeons. It is endemic to Mauritius and is very rare. It is found only on the Mascarene Island of Mauritius. Once being found on the larger Reunion Island, it is now extinct there. It is found in patches of forest in the National Park area to the southwest, and in the nature reserve Ile aux Aigrettes off the southeast coast of Mauritius. There are plans to release some individuals in the...

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2006-09-11 13:38:49

The kererû or New Zealand Pigeon, Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae, is a bird endemic to New Zealand.The kererû belongs to the family Columbidae, and the subfamily Treroninae, which is found throughout Southeast Asia, Malaya, Africa and New Zealand. They are commonly found in native forests (lowlands in particular), scrub, rural and city gardens and parks. New Zealand Pigeons are large pigeons weighing up to 30 ounces. They are typical like most pigeons. They have a small head, a straight...

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2006-09-11 13:32:43

The Green Imperial Pigeon, Ducula aenea, is a widespread resident breeding bird in tropical southern Asia from India east to Indonesia. There are a number of sub-species of this bird including the Chestnut-naped Imperial Pigeon. The Imperial Pigeon is a forest bird. Green Imperial Pigeon is a large plump pigeon, 17.7 inches in length. Its back, wings and tail are metallic green. The head and underparts are white, apart from maroon under tail coverts. Sexes are similar. Its flight is fast...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'