A Brief Tribute to Pigeons

March 12, 2009

Pigeon London Eye
Pigeons are more than just rats from the sky.  Going to school at Beverly Hills High School, pigeons were – for some reason — everywhere, and it was there I learned their multifaceted appeal.

Remember that pretentious guy from American Beauty who filmed a plastic bag blowing in the wind?  Maybe a little over the top, but the idea is the same here: finding the beautiful in pigeons is all in how you look at it.

When I see a pigeon, I smile at their ridiculousness and think about their history.  That’s right, their history.  Pigeons, believe it or not, saved hundreds of lives during 20th century wars.  Carrier pigeons carried important messages from one place to another, in many countries.  Think about that the next time you see a pigeon waddling around.

Waddling, of course, is the best part about pigeons.  Do you see a pigeon right now?  OK, take a moment to really focus on that pigeon’s walking.  There’s a large body supported by comically small legs that seem to just barely keep itself up.

Let’s not forget about their heads.  It’s a good thing pigeons have such small brains, otherwise they’d be mush after just a few jerky steps on those puny legs.  How the pigeon doesn’t get dizzy after shooting its head back and forth after every step is beyond me.  Try mimicking a pigeon’s motions!  You’ll develop a greater appreciation for the bird.

So there you have, in a nutshell, why I love pigeons.  When I think about their odd movements and how such a now-unloved animal saved lives during World War I, I smile.  Who would have thought such a seemingly ordinary animal could be so interesting?

Oh, and don’t forget about the pigeon’s role in The Producers…


One comment

  1. Its an interesting post. You know, in India, there are certain cities where pigeon fighting is a popular sport. In Old Delhi, in the old times, the rich men used to keep many pigeons, and breed them for sports and for fun. Yeah, I find fat waddling pigeons fun to watch too, except when they poo!

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