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Pigeons are the result of domestication with humans – like dogs. But unlike dogs, most have reverted to a quasi-wild state: all city pigeons are feral pigeons. All pigeons and doves are the same genus and, in fact, wild rock doves, domesticated pigeons, and feral pigeons are all called Columba livia livia – same species and sub-species.

Pigeons were first domesticated for food and animal sacrifice and until very recently in human history, they were revered and prized. Not only are they easily tamed, trained, and kept; they reproduce prolifically, are superb atheletes, and (apparently) are mighty tasty. This last trait is outside the scope of my study, so I’ll leave you to Google “squab” as you see fit.

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