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05.08.15 Prachi Gupta

The enlightened already know that pigeons are underrated. But did you know they are were also muses for famous scientists like Darwin and B.F. Skinner? Watch Vox’s mini-documentary, above, to learn about how pigeons helped American society. […]

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03.30.15 Prachi Gupta

“No Your City,” the 8-part mini-documentary series that profiles some of New York City’s interesting “street characters,” is back for a second season. It opens with Larry the Birdman. If you frequent Washington Square Park, you’ve probably seen Larry with pigeons in tow, but do you know his story?: “I went to prison for 20 […]

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03.20.15 Bucky Turco

Here at ANIMAL we’re a big fan of all things pigeon and so we were delighted to see a new short about the city’s most ubiquitous bird by filmmaker JJ Sulin. He said it was curiosity that initially prompted him to make the brief documentary. After reading about “pigeon flying in NYC,” Sulin asked his […]

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11.05.13 Kyle Petreycik

Numerous experiments over the past forty years suggested that a pigeon’s sense of smell aided directed their advanced navigational skills when the pigeons were already familiar with specific smells and their directions, referred to as “natural winds.” A pigeon that stayed in a loft somewhere, for example, wouldn’t be a good navigator. A new scientific study […]

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10.02.13 Andy Cush

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 […]

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07.17.13 Julia Dawidowicz

We always knew there was something about those pigeons… New research reveals that human and bird brains are wired in a remarkably similar way — despite the fact that we’ve evolved down completely separate paths for hundreds of millions of years. A team from Imperial College London made this discovery when they made the first-ever […]

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05.31.13 Julia Dawidowicz

As most ANIMAL readers can attest, we think pigeons are complex, intriguing creatures. Maybe it’s rapid evolution caused by living in harsh urban settings, or a special wisdom inherited from their great messenger pigeon ancestors — but we’ve always suspected that they will one day conquer us all. A new study from the University of Iowa just confirms […]

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03.22.13 Samer Kalaf

What’s Montana up to these days? Making use of dead animals that got hit by vehicles! The Senate voted 33-15 in favor of the law allowing the roadkill meat to be donated to charities and fed to the needy if the animal is salvageable. For the record, I’d totally eat elk that was clipped by […]

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02.25.13 Andy Cush

Animals is an animated web series that (almost) shares a name and a similar set of interests with this very website. The latest episode features a bizarre love triangle of three pigeons who get nice and awkward before stumbling upon some sort of dead mammal. I won’t ruin the surprise for you. Phil Matarese and Mike […]

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08.17.12 Allison Bagg

Hello! We’re opening up our Today’s Pigeon feature to submissions. Email us a photo (at least 1280 pixels wide) of a pigeon — in virtually any condition — along with the neighborhood it was spotted in and your name and website to link to for credit. We’ll take it from there. You in? […]

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