Saturday 24 June 2017


The domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica) is a pigeon that was derived from the rock pigeon. The rock pigeon is the world's oldest domesticated bird. Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets mention the domestication of pigeons more than 5,000 years ago, as do Egyptian hieroglyphics. Research suggests that domestication of pigeons occurred as early as 10,000 years ago.

Pigeons have made contributions of considerable importance to humanity, especially in times of war. In war the homing ability of pigeons has been put to use by making them messengers. So-called war pigeons have carried many vital messages and some have been decorated for their services. Medals such as the Croix de guerre, awarded to Cher Ami, and the Dickin Medal awarded to the pigeons G.I. Joe and Paddy, amongst 32 others, have been awarded to pigeons for their services in saving human lives.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme.


  1. Good photo, and interesting info on the Pigeons!

  2. Pigeons do like to congregate in cities. People have a variety of reactions to them.

  3. Hello, I love these Pigeons posing for you. Great shot. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  4. Hello!:) I knew that carrier pigeons were used successfully in the 2nd world war, but I didn't know that pigeons had been awarded medals, for their service. I think they are beautiful birds. Thank you for all the information, and the neat photo.


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