Interesting Pigeon Facts

There are almost 300 pigeon species

A pigeon has about 10,000 feathers

Pigeons were used during the first Olympic Games

Wild Pigeons can live about 5 years while pigeons raised and bred by humans sometimes live more than 15 years.

It takes 18 days for a pigeon egg to hatch and males sit on the eggs during the day while females are on duty at night.

Homing pigeons find their way home by detecting the earth’s magnetic fields, along with an ability to tell direction by the sun.

Homing pigeons have an internal body clock that lets them know what time of day it is.

The homing pigeon will use the sun as a compass on its first trip from home. For future trips, the pigeon will follow familiar landmarks like mountains, buildings and highways.

A pigeon can fly 600 miles in one day.

Pigeons fly on average 50 miles per hour but have been recorded flying at more than 95 miles per hour.

Pigeons can see color as well as ultraviolet light, which humans cannot.

The coast gaurd experimented with using pigeons on search and rescue missions.

During World War 1, European armies regularly used homing pigeons as message carriers.

Carrier pigeons are responsible for saving thousands of lives during war time.

98 percent of pigeon racers are male.

The form of modern day pigeon racing started in Belgium in 1850 and Americans were introduced to the sport around 1875.

Pigeons carried around messages for the ancient Egyptians and also for soldiers during World Wars I and II.

Older pigeons can cover 600 miles in about 14 hours.

Pigeon racing is banned in Chicago.

Racers expect to lose two-three birds to hawks or electrical wires in races over 250 miles.

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  1. #1 by Juan on March 27, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    Pigeons and doves are the only birds that drink water in a straw-like fashion.

  2. #2 by Geoff on March 26, 2011 - 4:21 pm

    pigeons will only fly 600mls on the day if the wind is behind them

  3. #3 by Rich Barschdorf on March 26, 2011 - 10:22 am

    Pigeons have the abilitie to recognize them selfs in a miorror, or a short video.
    You can check it out at this website. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080613145535.htm

    Rich in Las Vegas, NV. I raise show birds, I have American Show Racers, and also Chinese Owls are the main birds that I show. We have a big show at the Pageant of Pigeons, in Riverside, CA.

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