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2009-08-19 15:47:09

Police in Venice, Italy, say a man was fined for selling birdseed to tourists so they could feed the city's pigeons, a practice outlawed last year. Authorities said the 35-year-old Sicilian man had several kilos of birdseed and was offering it to tourists in exchange for a donation so they could have their pictures taken feeding the city's pigeons, ANSA reported Wednesday. Seven tourists who had purchased birdseed from the man got written warnings, police said. People keep feeding the pigeons...

2009-07-30 14:02:51

An antique worker says four of the albino ringtail doves found in a tree in New York will be able to stay at Vanderbilt Mansion until they recover. Stefanie Rinza, managing director at Carlton Hobbs antiques, said the site will serve as a temporary home for four of the dozens of doves found hungry and tired in Flushing Meadow Park last weekend, the New York Post said Thursday. We really love them. We're going to look after them until they're well, Rinza said. They're hungry and they're...

2009-07-25 14:56:37

A baby parrot decided it liked Philadelphia so much it fled the city's zoo to join a flock of pigeons out to see the town, zoo officials say. Now, after an exhaustive search, the Philadelphia Zoo is assuming the 6-month-old Sun Conure has left the zoo grounds and is seeing the local sights, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Saturday. The parrot was one of four Sun Conures who were performing as part of zoo's Festival of Flight show. Zoo spokesman Bill Larson said it must have gotten...

2009-06-30 12:11:47

Pigeons could be art critics yet, according to a new study1 which shows that like humans, pigeons can be trained to tell the difference between "Ëœgood' and "Ëœbad' paintings. According to Professor Shigeru Watanabe from Keio University in Japan, pigeons use both color and pattern cues to judge the paintings' beauty as defined by humans, as well as their texture.  Professor Watanabe's work has just been published online in Springer's journal, Animal Cognition.The...

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2009-06-25 14:25:00

A new Japanese study finds that pigeons have "advanced perceptive abilities" which allow them to recognize beauty in the same way humans do. The month-long, government-funded study found that the birds were able to differentiate "good" paintings from "bad" ones. The research team from Tokyo's Keio University had conducted a previous study that found the birds were able to distinguish between a Picasso and a Monet.  In the current study, they wanted to see whether the pigeons actually had...

2009-06-25 11:33:55

Using a "neurologger" specially designed to record the brain activity of pigeons in flight, researchers reporting online on June 25th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, have gained new insight into what goes through the birds' minds as they fly over familiar terrain. The study is the first to simultaneously record electrical brain activity integrated with large-scale navigational movements of free-flying birds, according to the researchers."We've successfully applied...

2009-05-14 13:00:38

A pigeon found injured outside a Detroit bookstore has been steadily recuperating at the store, its manager says. Deborah Lee, who manages the John K. King bookstore that took in the pigeon after it was found a week ago, said employees have been nursing the bird back to health, the Detroit Free Press said Thursday. "She gets stronger every day. Store workers named the bird Pigy. King, the store's owner, said he took the recuperating bird outside Tuesday to see if it had the strength to fly...

2009-02-02 23:32:31

An Australian man is facing serious charges after customs officers at Melbourne Airport found two live pigeons hidden in his pants, authorities said. The 23-year-old Melbourne-area man had the birds strapped to his legs when he arrived in Australia Sunday on a flight from Dubai, The Age reported Monday. The officers also seized a multi-vitamin container holding two birds eggs, as well as a money belt containing plant seeds and undeclared samples of eggplant. It wasn't known what the alleged...

2009-01-21 19:33:29

Experts said large numbers of wood pigeons that have descended on the Kingswinford area of England likely left their previous homes due to food shortages. Homeowners said thick swarms of birds have taken over the city's view in recent days, covering trees and forming black clouds in the sky, The Daily Mail reported Wednesday. I thought it was like Armageddon, said resident and avid birdwatcher Terrence O'Dell. The sky was black and I thought maybe it meant an earthquake was going to happen. I...

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...


Latest Columbidae Reference Libraries

Mauritius Blue Pigeon, Alectroenas nitidissima
2014-04-18 12:27:42

The Mauritius Blue Pigeon (Alectroenas nitidissima) is an extinct species of blue pigeon previously native to the Mascarene island of Mauritius located in the Indian Ocean eastwards of Madagascar. It has two extinct relatives from the Mascarenes and three living ones from other islands. It is the type species of the genus of blue pigeons, Alectroenas. It had white colored hackles around the head, neck, and breast and blue colored feathers on the body, and it was red on the tail and the...

Choiseul Pigeon, Microgoura meeki
2014-04-18 11:39:05

The Choiseul Pigeon or Solomon’s Crested Pigeon (Microgoura meeki) is an extinct species of bird belonging to the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. It was native to the islands of Choiseul located in the Solomon Islands, although there are unsubstantiated reports that it might have once lived on several nearby islands. The pigeon was monotypic within the genus Microgoura and had no known subspecies. The closest living relative is believed to be the Thick-billed Ground Pigeon, and some...

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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2009-04-07 18:54:51

he Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus) is a species of bird native to Australia. It is often spotted over rainforests and valleys, but can also be found around palm trees, figs, eucalyptus forests and other woodlands. They are completely arboreal. They mostly occur from Cape York in Queensland to the South Coast of New South Wales near the coast but have been seen as south as Tasmania and the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, depending on food availability. Though this species is normally...

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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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