Pigeons are a family of birds. They can adapt well to their environment, which is why they are found in many parts of the world. There are over 300 species of pigeons, but only five of them are in Central Europe.
Pigeons can become a nuisance in large cities because they can multiply very quickly there. They feed mainly on human leftovers. They can spread many diseases through their feces. Many cities, therefore, want there to be fewer pigeons. That’s why they forbid feeding pigeons.
Doves are considered a sign of fertility. That’s why they’re so popular at weddings. In Christianity, the dove represents the Holy Spirit. The Bible already reports of doves: When Jesus was baptized, it is said that he saw the sky parting and a dove descending on him. After the Flood, a dove on Noah’s Ark showed that there was land again. When there are demonstrations for peace today, the dove is very often shown on flags. The dove is therefore also a symbol, a sign of hope.
The pigeon was made into a pet by man, that is, accustomed to the human environment. In some areas, there are pigeon breeding clubs. A “pigeon father” or “pigeon mother” keeps pigeons in a hut called a dovecote. To test the birds’ performance, they often have to fly long distances and prove their orientation. In the past, the animals used to be carrier pigeons with small messages attached to their legs so that important messages could be sent quickly. The dove could deliver a message so quickly.