Why the pigeon is the world's most misunderstood bird

Modern-day aversion: When we think of pigeons today, many see annoying, dirty, garbage-eating pests that leave their excrement in the most inconvenient places.

Domestication: The pigeon was actually domesticated by humans, as early as 10,000 years ago.

Religious significance: Pigeons are referenced in religious texts and attributed symbolic significance in religions including Christianity.

Misconception of their origins: While many people in the US believe pigeons have origins in the country due to their ubiquity.

The love of ledges: You’ve probably noticed that feral pigeons—also known as city pigeons, who are descendants of domestic pigeons.

Messengers: The pigeon is probably best known for its ability to return 'home' from long distances, as far as 1,300 miles.

Messengers: Still in the 19th century, the pigeon was used to carry messages for financial institutions and news agencies in Europe.

Excellent navigation: Pigeons can not only return home quickly and efficiently, but they can also do it after being transported in complete isolation.

A source of food: In 16th-century England, pigeon production for meat became commercial and widely accessible.

Sport: Pigeon racing is still enjoyed by large numbers of enthusiasts worldwide.

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