Where did all the baby pigeons go? Turns out the wriggling baby songbirds are just waiting in their nests until they mature enough to flit about on their own. (
are birds that belong to the scientific Order Passeriformes, which are more commonly known as perching birds. ) I always find it interesting why people wonder about not seeing baby pigeons, but don t wonder the same thing about any other birds, said Marc Devokaitis, public information specialist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in New York. Really the only birds we typically see the babies of are the waterfowl. The reason is simple: Most baby songbirds are in the nest until they are fully feathered and as big as the adults. However, to be fair, there are a few reasons for such infrequent sightings of baby ( Columba livia ), in particular: Their nests tend to be out of view, on rooftops and other skyscraping venues such as bridges and the sides of high-rises; pigeons spend a longer time as nestlings than other birds; and pigeon babies grow up at least appearance-wise faster than other birds, Devokaitis said. [ Before the advent of the man-made cliffs and canyons that typify the modern metropolis, wild rock pigeons used caves and rocky fissures of montane or coastal cliffs, Devokaitis told Live Science.
The only requirement is that the surface is flat and covered to some extent. And so even if fledging pigeons do hop out of their nests, they d still be out of view for passersby on the ground, whereas other songbirds with less lofty nests might be seen on the ground or sitting on a bush shortly after they fledge, according to Devokaitis. Credit: InkHeart / Shutterstock. com Pigeon young do get a little spoiled, though. Whereas most songbirds spend two to three weeks in the nest, pigeons hang out for at least three weeks and up to six weeks in the comfort of the mom s quarters, Devokaitis said. By that time, the juvenile pigeons look more like adults than other birds when they leave the nest, she said.
If you keep an eye out though, you may be able to spot these young uns: Look for feathers that aren t completely molted, dark eyes (adults have red-orange eyes) and tapered primary feathers (the longest feathers on the bird s wing), Devokaitis said. Original article on. Why does one never see baby pigeons? ANYONE who has seen a young pigeon, or squab to give it its correct name, will not wish to see another. They are extremely fat, fed as they are on rich milk; the beginnings of their feathers are so waxy that they not only feel almost slimy, but flakes of it cover their bodies to give the impression of incurable psoriasis. They are also extremely ugly, bearing an uncanny resemblance to a former ancestor of theirs, the dodo, as they sit squirming in their nests. THIS year, despite great efforts to discourage them, pigeons decided to \’nest\’ on my balcony. We live on the 21st floor. Two eggs were laid in the drain hole – there was no nest. Both parents sat on the eggs and seemed to change over every four hours.
Eventually the eggs hatched and to my amazement the chicks were bright yellow – quite pretty in fact. The parents cared for them marvellously. For hours one would stand with outstretched wings to shade them from the sun while the other brought food. This wonderful display of parental devotion was maintained until the babies were as big as their parents and had the same appearance. When they flew away one could not distinguish the babies from the adults. I THINK the questioner may be talking about feral pigeons which, by the time they leave the nest at about five weeks old, are fully feathered and about two-thirds the size of their parents. They are easily distinguishable to the trained eye. Two points one may look out for in young pigeons are the lack of \’wattles\’ above the nose (which grow quite large on adult birds) and also the size of the \’cere\’ (white outer ring of the eye), which is also larger on adults.