That pigeon with crest
Seems to like perching best
When it’s with a whole lot
of its kind.
When you see one of these,
Whether low or in trees,
Another will be close behind.
I hope you won’t ask
For that difficult task,
To put this behaviour in words;
For this pigeon so spiky,
Is, frankly, by crikey,
One of the flockingest birds.
From: Shaun Bagley
Sent: Thursday, 21 January 2010 10:50 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Crested Pigeons
Came home today to find 9 Crested Pigeons perched on the
T-bar of the telegraph pole and associated wires that are above the back fence.
What struck me as interesting was that 8 of them were clearly juveniles. The
one adult was a meter away down the wire with a much bigger crest. They
did not seem inclined to fly away until the adult made the move after something
else, not me, triggered its flight response. Is a “creche” like
this a known habit because my understanding is that Crested Pigeons only
produce two eggs per clutch?