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Pigeons: These Unremarkable Birds Are Remarkably Smart

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Unlike many people who view pigeons as pervasive flying poop machines, I really love them. Last year, I wrote about a study that proved pigeons are able to learn abstract mathematical rules, and in fact are the only non-humans other than rhesus monkeys...

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Teresa W (782)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 4:05 am
interesting, thank you

Wednesday September 11, 2013, 4:40 am
Such a clever pigeon!

Thanks for posting Carrie.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 4:49 am
oh they are clever indeed - thanks for posting Carrie

silvia c (4)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 7:48 am
Nothing that "Dick Dastardly" didn't teach me already, LOL

Dot A (182)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:10 am
always known this one as so many Care2 members are in synch

thanks for getting the word out, Carrie, that pigeons are quite remarkable creatures among us, as are all the others, as well!

[read a book about pigeons that mentioned how Mike Tyson was a homeless child and his fighting ability was born out of his love for his constant companions on the street: pigeons. He loves them to this day. Our soldiers lives have been saved by the courage, stamina and special qualities which pigeons possess.]

Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 11:20 am
Pigeons were used in the First World War as a way to get information to headquarters,, by attaching paper messages put in a small tube and attached to the pigeons leg and sent off. I guess that is why some were called homing pigeons. They are very smart.
Thanks Carrie.

Christeen A (368)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 12:29 pm
That's exactly why they are called homing pigeons.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 1:39 pm
Interesting, thanks.

Robert K (31)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 1:40 pm
A little misinformation in the story, psittacines and corvines are better at abstracts, but pigeons are quite adept as well, and if you have the good luck to have one s a pet, you have a wonderful one. Still, they truly are flying poop machines or flying rats if you prefer. But believe it or not, rats can also be great pets. I prefer parrots, rabbits, and dogs. I love cats as well, but after letting my beloved Shawnee sleep by my face for years I developed an allergy to their dander.

Robert K (31)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 1:43 pm
The remarkable Alex the African Grey had started using a computer, but died partway into the learning process. He was way past looking at the screen and seeing which string held the full bowl.

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 2:17 pm
All animals are intelligent. That is how they survive.

. (0)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 3:47 pm
I don't mind pigeons or sparrows for that matter. They know I like them and there is the odd time they will fly directly at me and veer off and upward at the last second. Bird humor and I just smile and compliment Paul on her avionic skill. ROF.
Of course there was the male sparrow who got a good chase and scolding from its mate. When I walked out the front door, there he was all scrunched up on the lower branch. I looked at him and said well, what did you ef up now? The bird looks at me and scrunches his wings up in a scrunch much as a human would do their shoulders; much as to say I dunno! LOL Birds, love 'em.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 4:48 pm
We had two pigeons who took up residence in a tree in our backyard. They were here for a couple of years. Early this summer we had a very heavy rain storm that knocked their nest down. They moved a short distance down the street and wee in a tree there for a while. Recently I have stopped hearing their cooing, and I am afraid someone may have "chased" them away or worse. I really enjoyed listening to them.

Vera Taylor (46)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 5:05 pm
Only humans think everything is stupid except for themselves. Goes to show how stupid humans really are!!!!!!!!!! :)

Kate Kenner (215)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 5:22 pm
Of course they are smart. If only people were as smart and gentle.

Jason S (50)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 6:10 pm
Good posting, thanks

Cyn F (137)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 9:02 pm
I like pigeons. This is so interesting:). Thanks for sharing, Carrie.

Ruth C (87)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 7:53 am
Its a gift from God.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 8:35 am
It's a real pity that these birds are so disrespected and thought of as nothing more than a nuisance. Thx Carrie

Bob hardly here P (394)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 1:38 pm
thanks Carrie

Justin M (2)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 1:40 pm

Roger G (154)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 5:44 pm
noted, thanks

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 8:42 pm
Interesting, a new math tutor perhaps although the crow next door says that he is far more intelligent and is planning a contest of wills and intelligence at this moment. The pigeon is a bit worried because he knows that a group of crows is called a Murder of Crows.

Elisa F (235)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 11:42 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie :)

Past Member (0)
Friday September 13, 2013, 12:56 am
Clever & smart the pigeons really r . Thanks, Carrie ~

Sergio Padilla (65)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 11:29 am
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