The social behavior of pigeons has been studied quite extensively and is still being presented in the scientific community. Pigeons display flocking behavior, which is seen when they congregate together on buildings or other structures. It has also been found that pigeons can learn visual discrimination tasks; one study conducted at Cornell University showed that pigeons were able to differentiate between paintings by Monet and Picasso. Additional research by Dr. B.F. Skinner demonstrated how trained pigeons were actually able to guide missiles in flight toward their target destination.
In spite of this, pigeon breeding is still a popular hobby. Pigeons are traditionally divided into seven major categories: tumblers, fantails, high-flyers, fancy pigeons (which come in several varieties), oriental frills, pouters, and racers with each variety exhibiting special traits such as long tails or colorful plumage. Breeders often select pairs based on the features they seek to create or improve upon within their flock. Many people also enjoy keeping pet doves and racing their birds against those of other breeders in competitions throughout the world.
One or two pigeons aren’t too much trouble, but when suddenly dozens choose your property as their new home, uh-oh, you need pigeon control!