Stephen King tried to warn us, in 2006’s Cell, that
Sometimes animals you see every day and regard as ordinary actually do truly amazing things. Fearsome insist unexpectedly cool facts about pigeons.
- They nurse their young: pigeons are one of the few bird species that actually feed their babies milk-like liquid that they produced from the inside of their throats. In addition, both male and female pigeons can nurse their young.
- The word pigeon is French for dove.
- They are really fast: most breeds of pigeon can fly between 50 to 60 miles per hour. Specifically bred racing pigeons can clock speeds over 90 miles an hour.
- There’s a lot of different breeds: there are over 500 breeds of domesticated pigeons.
- They can fly very far: a homing pigeon can fly over 700 miles in one day.
- They have amazing hearing: they can hear sounds that are 11 octaves below medium which helps them to detect both earthquakes and electrical storms.
- They can stay at an elevated heart rate for a long length of time: pigeons can maintain a heart rate of 600 beats per minute for up to 16 hours.
- Special breeds can sell for a lot of money: the highest price paid for a homing pigeon was 225,000 dollars. The highest price for a racing pigeon was $328,000.
- They are war heroes: in both world wars, US pilots would bring along homing pigeons that they would release in the event of a crash. Many pilots owe their lives to their pigeons.
- Some militaries still use them: pigeons are still used by the Chinese, Iraqi, Swiss, and French armed services.
- Pigeon racing is kind of like a big deal: the top pigeon race in the US the Snowbird Classic Awards a purse of $600,000.