Fledgling pigeons are everywhere, but they are not easy to identify. u/meatball19. BBC Earth sets out to answer those little, inconsequential questions that secretly bother us all. “The more affluent pigeon parents tend to rent high-end private maternity coops to give birth,” suggests Thomas Keith. As Sarah Rochelle politely puts it, “They are butt ugly.”. Well, there’s actually a bit of science behind the answer to this. Baby pigeons, once they are born, are hidden away in their nest where ever that may be. In fact, the excavation of a cave in Gibraltar reveals that Neanderthals were keen on eating pigeons before modern humans even reached Europe. Surely we see these? “It was wonderful,” she says. Throughout my entire life all I have seen has been thousands of fully grown pigeons or their eggs, but i have never seen a baby pigeon. The short answer is that you’re not in the right place at the right time. I left so that its parents could take over the baby sitting. So when squabs finally fly the nest they are fully grown and virtually indistinguishable from adults. As you can see, baby pigeons do exist and they’ve been studied by ornithologists for years. With a keen eye, however, it is possible to spot a fledged but still-juvenile pigeon. Have you ever seen a baby pigeon? Way back when humans spent more time hanging in and around caves, nobody would have batted an eyelid at the sight of a baby pigeon, often called a squab. “In its natural and wild state,” we are told by William Yarrell in A History of British Birds, the rock dove “inhabits high rocks near the sea-coast, in the cavities of which it lives the greater part of the year.”, On the island of Orkney, in Scotland, UK, for example, 19th Century ornithologists observed that the rock dove “is very numerous, breeding in the crevices of the rocks, but the nests are placed at such a depth that it is impossible to reach them.”, When squabs finally fly the nest they are fully grown, Over on the neighboring Scottish island of Shetland, others noted rock doves occupying “deep subterranean caverns, the mouths of which are open to the sea.”. In prehistorical times, baby pigeons were often seen, and on the menu. At least now we can put to bed once and for all the conspiracy theory that baby pigeons don’t exist. Which, given the abundance of pigeons, begs the question why? Christmas lights switch-on gaffe takes internet by storm, People are revealing the hilarious names they’ve given their Spotify playlists, This couple has played Mario Kart to decide who makes tea every day for 20 years, 12 bizarre corners of Reddit that prove it’s the oddest place on the internet, 10 of the funniest insults people have received while gaming online. Answer (1 of 13): Whilst you may not have seen a baby pigeon it is very likely that you have seen a very young pigeon with its parents. Their tastes might be a little more cosmopolitan, but when it comes to reproduction they still take after their wild rock dove ancestors, which are very secretive when it comes to situating their nests. Those grey, white, black and brown-feathered friends that sit or walk, bobbing their heads, on pavements, walls, parapets and buildings cooing sweetly, raining down their excrement and odd feather. “Maybe they like the security of out of the way places where they’re difficult to see and get to,” she suggested on the BBC Earth Facebook page. Yet we never see their babies. “It was gone when I went back hours later so hope all was well.”, View image of Pigeons pigeons everywhere and not a baby in sight (Credit: Free Casters/CC by 2.0), We asked you, our audience, on social media for your thoughts, View image of Baby pigeons have been described as 'butt ugly' (Credit: Jack Sullivan/Alamy), View image of Two baby pigeons tucked in their nest (Credit: Nishanth Jois/CC by 2.0), View image of Juvenile pigeon lacking green and purple around neck (Credit: Ingrid Taylar/CC by 2.0), View image of An adult pigeon with white cere (Credit: Thomas Quine/CC by 2.0), View image of Adult pigeons have a certain look to them (Credit: Ingrid Taylar/CC by 2.0). We also did a little research ourselves. Feral pigeons – the ones we see in our cities – are descended from rock doves, and remain essentially the same bird. It won’t have the shimmery greens and purples around its neck and the cere – that wattly growth that sits on top of the bill – will be a pinky grey rather than bright white as it is in adults. But as Jennifer Austin, Kelly Mahan and others are correct to point out, the answer is rooted in the origin of the pigeon itself. If you haven’t been asked this earth-shattering question, we’ll repeat it so you have some time to mull it over. Fledgling pigeons are everywhere, but they are not easy to identify, as many of you appreciated. What about young pigeons that have recently fledged? For most of us, it’s a resounding no. Why do you never see baby pigeons. “We had a quiet chat and then I left so that its parents could take over the baby sitting,” she writes. And only last month, Judi Mcintosh encountered a baby pigeon – “half feathered and half fluffy” – en route to the compost heap at the bottom of her garden in Hampshire, UK. why? If you are fond of bird watching then you must have noticed that baby pigeons are not easily seen. Posted by. You may locate all kind of baby birds under the sun but finding baby pigeons in open places is almost impossible to watch. Close. This is largely down to the fact that squabs, as if ashamed of their appearance, stay in the nest for a very long time: the nestling period from hatching to fledging typically lasts more than 40 days, roughly twice that of most garden birds. In this picture are 2 young pigeons also known as squab, they are approximately 3 weeks old. I am not a birder. Since we don’t often enter such spaces, we don’t often get to see the contents of a pigeon’s nest. Have you actually ever seen a baby pigeon? Visit any town or city, and you’re likely to see them everywhere; pigeons, those most ubiquitous of urban birds. It’s one of the key questions that continues to plague humanity. Sometimes when you’re not feeling fab the only course of action is hide out in your bedroom. The big window ledges outside one of the libraries at the University of Texas in Austin are perfect for nesting pigeons, notes Toni Salazar Loftin. Newborn pigeons. We asked you, our audience, on social media for your thoughts. Reddit, why do I never see baby Pigeons? In prehistorical times then, it’s likely that baby pigeons, or squab, were not only often seen, but often on the menu. Pigeons grow to a very large size in the nest before they are fledged and able to fly. Offbeat — 29 May 2013. If there are so many adult pigeons knocking about, where are their babies? For most of us, it’s a resounding no. However, whilst swans and ducks can be seen out with their young whilst the babies are very young, pigeons keep their young away from prying eyes and predators until they are older and more able to cope with danger.