Intelligent Crested Pigeons

Subject: Intelligent Crested Pigeons
From: "Frank O'Connor" <>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 21:09:45 +0800

I was recently in the Northern Territory. In a car park between Uluru (Ayres Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), I was initially a little surprised to see how tame the Crested Pigeons were. They hung around near the cars. Initially I thought they were seeking shade under the cars, before it dawned on me that they were seeking the water dripping from the car airconditioners. Water is clearly a vital commodity, as I could pour a small amount from my water bottle on to the ground and there was soon 17 Crested Pigeons within a metre of me. They would almost drink out of my palm.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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