Pigeons: they’re the city’s most easily-spottable creatures and ANIMAL’s unofficial mascots, so it was only fitting to kick off our new series of NYC nature documentaries with a look into the scrappy, oft-misunderstood birds. We observed pigeons in their natural habitats–the city’s parks, streets, and buildings–and spoke to New York Audubon Society Executive Director Glenn Phillips to get some insight about their history and behavior. Watch it above and check back for the next installment of Wild Wildlife.

(Picture/Edit: Aymann Ismail, Script/Music: Andy Cush, Narration: Michelle Ziff)