Saturday, June 13, 2015

Rock Pigeon

I noticed that the Birdseye collection of bird images contained relatively few photos of Rock Pigeons.  I guess familiarity may breed some contempt. Therefore, while we visited Rockport, Texas, last March, I stopped to photograph one of these ubiquitous birds.

Native to the Old World, these pigeons were introduced to North America in the 1600s. The birds easily escaped domestication. As a result of many similar releases, pigeons are now found around the world. Probably due to their special relationship with humans, Rock Pigeons are one of the most extensively studied birds. To this work we owe much of our knowledge of avian physiology, navigation, learning, and genetics. As Darwin formulated his theory of evolution, he concluded that natural selection could easily produce the variation that humans had achieved while selectively breeding pigeons.

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