Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rock Pigeon

The ultimate urban survivor, it often seems pigeons have adapted better to city life than people. In their original plumage, pigeons can still be attractive birds. Their large size and iridescent necks give them an unusual pizzaz for a city bird. However, pigeons are also often sooty, mottled, missing toes, and deformed in other ways from their unsavory lifestyle.
Still, they have uncanny navigating abilities. This has something to do with the highly polar magnetite mineral deposits above their beaks, which serve as built-in compasses.

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