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Ten Astounding Pigeon Fact

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1. Reuters used them: The world’s most famous news agency was founded in 1850 and employed 45 feathered messengers.

2. They read maps: Their homing skills are still a mystery, but a 10-year Oxfor university study concluded they use roads to navigate, even turning corners at junctions.

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3. They were the original email: in the early 1800s, the Rothschilds set up a network of pigeon lofts at all their European financial houses.

4. The Queen loves them: Not only does Her Majesty fancy them, but Mike Tyson is a fan. Plus, Maurizio Gucci once spent $10,000 on an American pigeon.

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5. They’re clever: Pigeons are one of the only nine amimals (and the only non-mammal) that can recognise itself in a mirror.

6. They bob their heads for a reason: Their side-mounted eyes give them monocular vision, unlike the binocular vision of humans and owls, so they bob for depth perception.

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7. They’re holy: Many religious groups, including Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs, feed pigeons for religious reasons. Remember that the next time you shoo one.

8. They’re heroes: Several pigeons have been decorated in wartime, saving thousands of lives by delivering urgent messages under fire.

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9. Their waste is invaluable: in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries pigeon excrement was a valuable fertiliser protected by armed guards.

10. They’re precious: The world’s most expensive pigeon was bought by a British stud farm for £106,000.

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(Facts source: Short List Magazine www.shortlist.com)

0 thoughts on “Ten Astounding Pigeon Fact

  1. Interesting …!! Both Pictures and Facts. Pigeons in the pictures are very different than generally we see around.

  2. Loved all description related with pigeon and Pic 1 great and lucky shot as well. Other pics Ok..not astounding 😀

  3. wow amazing shots!!!!!!! hats off for your patience and your creativeness. Thanks for sharing all those mystery behind pigeons.

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