A recently published survey, the first-ever global study of biodiversity in urban areas, confirmed that four birds occur in over 80 percent of cities: the rock pigeon
, house sparrow, starling, and barn swallow.
Many claim the rock pigeon
to be the most difficult target of all open-country birds, They have longer wings for their size than most other doves and pigeons and consequently fly faster while not really seeming to.
It's only in the last 20 years that four pest birds -- the rock pigeon
, house crow, common/Indian myna and rose-ringed parakeet -- have been seen in the UAE.
Washington, Feb 1 ( ANI ): Scientists have decoded the genetic blueprint of the rock pigeon
, revealing secrets about pigeons' Middle East origins, feral pigeons' kinship with escaped racing birds and how mutations give pigeons traits like feather head crests.
This was done by mapping the genetic blueprint of the rock pigeon
, one of the most common types of bird, from which Darwin said all pigeons were descended.
The other commoner and abundant birds are the House Crow, House Sparrow, Rock Pigeon
, Common Myna, Black Kite, Red Vented and Red Whiskered Bulbuls.
They also form a suitable environment for some resident birds such as rock pigeon
, white heron, magpie, howl and sparrow.
The obvious species that opportunistically exploit newly created habitats or man-made nesting sites (such as White Stork [Ciconia ciconia], European Kestrel [Falco tinnunculus], Rock Pigeon
[Columba livia], Swift [Apus apus], House Martin [Delichon urbica], House Sparrow [Passer domesticus], and Jackdaw [Corvus monedula]) in parks and open spaces in most cities are noted; the, at times, more extensive areas of woodland attract many others including woodpeckers and warblers.
Catch even your basic rock pigeon
in the right sunlight, and it just glows.
Of note, the rock pigeon
with the highest WNV virernia titer ([10.
(they actually did nest on rocky cliffs in Europe before domesticated ones were brought here; city buildings and bridges serve them just as well), 505; mourning dove, 271.