Pigeons flying across the sky is always a sight to watch, especially when you are located in densely populated cities. It’s a common sight to see them stuttering on rooftops and crowded parks.
Pigeons are social birds that always prefer to be in safe shelters. They mostly locate their shelters on rooftops, trees, and ledges, at times even the underside of big bridges. They move in flocks most of the time.
Do pigeons have a home?
Just like every other living being, Pigeons do have homes too. Adult Pigeons depend on their homes or shelters primarily to care for their squabs. Once they hatch them and nurture them, they shift their home to another place that gives them their space.
Pigeons abandon their baby squabs once they reach 25-40 days of birth.
Unlike humans, pigeons do not settle in secluded places. Rather, they prefer to have their shelters with a flock of other pigeons. That is the main reason why pigeons are never in pairs but in flocks. They stay In their nest, only if they have a baby to care for. Otherwise, they prefer to stay in safe crowds.
They return to their homes after a particular time period, only to lay eggs again.
A common question that sprouts after knowing their homes and living, is about their sleep.
How Do Pigeons Sleep?
Pigeons do not depend on homes to sleep for the night. They sleep wherever they feel comfortable. They Sleep by tucking their heads into their neck or wings.
Pigeons sleep or make use of their nests only during mating.
These Nesting birds generally prefer crammed and hidden places to sleep, to be safe from predators and the climate conditions. They prefer warmth to sleep. They also take short breaks or power naps during the day.
Pigeons are known to be in Half-sleep all time. They are told to have the ability of literally sleeping with one eye open. They can still rest, while also keeping alert for any threats. Pigeons are one breed that are never sleep deprived. They take rest whenever they feel like taking it.
Their talons help them while sleeping on tree branches by having the reflex grip that helps them avoid falling when sleeping. Next time when you spot a pigeon with tucked in head, and no movement, remember – it can be taking its power nap.
Do Pigeons Fly At Night?
Pigeons in general have poor eye vision at night. Their vision is not capable of supporting their flight during night. Hence, Pigeons prefer not to fly but to sleep during the night.
Pigeons are called diurnal birds since they are more active during the day and prefer to take rest during the night. Most pigeons prefer to enclose themselves in safe dark spaces for the night, once the light starts getting lesser.
Some Dangers that they can endure while flying or moving at night are,
- They can get hit by unidentified dark objects, owing to their poor night vision.
- They can easily become prey to predators like Falcons that hunt for their prey during the night.
- They can freeze to death in case of harsh cold weathers.
- They can easily be found dead if they are either less immune or are weak after mating.
- They can easily get trapped by animals like cats, rats and dogs.
They have this ability to make sounds and warning signs with their wings, with which they are able to alert their flock incase of unknown predators among them at night. Being Social animals, they love to stay and also secure their flock incase of any unexpected events.
There are also breeds of pigeons that fly at night, like the homing ones.
Do Homing Pigeons fly at Night?
Unlike the other variants of pigeons, homing pigeons do have the ability to fly during night – provided they are trained for it. Homing Pigeons are a special type that are trained to fly home from any great distance.
They have sensory abilities that help them navigate directions and ensure their safe flight. They were mostly used in the olden days to deliver messages and send out information. These pigeons could fly at night, provided the weather conditions are favorable for them.