How Pigeons Overcome Winter
Although many birds will migrate seasonally in order to make sure that they are always in regions with a climate suitable to them, one bird seems to remain and thrive regardless of the season or weather; feral pigeons.
This confuses many people, and they cannot understand why pigeons are not only surviving Winter but actively breeding. It is not unheard of for young to be successfully hatched and seen through to adulthood all starting in Winter.
In this blog, we will outline some reasons as to why pigeons are so capable at thriving in all temperatures and climates, and why one in four breeding pairs will produce young during the cold Winter months.
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How Pigeons Thrive Throughout Winter
Again, many animals are able to survive Winter, but very few are able to produce young. In fact, human beings are one of the very few species who can. However, pigeons are also members of this club for the following reasons:
- They live in warm urban areas which are plentiful in food.
- They are talented nest builders which settle in sheltered and warm areas.
- They are able to feed their young by producing ‘crop milk’.
A combination of each of these attributes allows pigeons to continue with their relatively normal activities throughout the year.
Cities Are Less Harsh During Winter
Despite the fact they are such a nuisance and cause such incredible damage to our habitations, humans are primarily responsible for the ability of pigeons to thrive during Winter.
Firstly, human beings tend to have a consistent amount of food all-year-round. Much of this ends up in the street, either left in bins or simply dropped. This means that pigeons have a constant source of food and, despite the lack of natural growth in the wild, are unlikely to go hungry.
In fact, as the streets busy up with Christmas shoppers and festive markets, there is probably even more food available.
Additionally, cities and larger urban areas are, on average, several degrees higher than they would be in the natural countryside. This is mostly because of how we surface the ground, rather than waste heat from central heating and appliances.
As a result, pigeons do not have to endure as harsh a Winter as they would in the countryside.
Pigeons are Talented Nesters
Pigeons are very capable of creating warm and safe nests. Firstly, they have a keen eye for nesting opportunities. They can spot and exploit things like loose tiles or gaps of any other nature, meaning that they can take shelter from the cold weather outside.
Additionally, they are talented nest builders. By creating a warm and safe environment for their young, known as ‘squabs’, they make the task of raising young in Winter significantly easier.
Baby pigeons also do not leave the nest for a relatively long time. The reason you never see ‘baby’ pigeons is because, by the time they do leave, they essentially look like adults.
However, this also means that although pigeons may be born in the Winter, by the time they actually leave the safety and warmth of the nest, they will be much more capable of dealing with the harsh conditions.
Crop Milk Production
By producing crop milk, pigeons are able to feed their young much easier. They are one of very few birds which are able to do this. By producing a nutritious milky substance which they can then regurgitate to feed their young.
The crop milk is similar to mammalian milk in terms of what it contains, although the consistency is more like cottage cheese. It contains proteins and fats, as well as immune-enhancing chemicals and anti-oxidants.
By feeding this concoction to their young, pigeons are able to offer their babies everything required to survive a harsh Winter.
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