My mum calls pigeons “flying vermin”. I get where she’s coming from even if she’s dramatising.
But it’s a common train of thought. Pigeons live in dirty conditions, flocking to urban areas scavenging for morsels of food, unclean with their varying levels of health and deformed limbs. Photographer Andrew Garn wants to change that perception with his new book, The New York Pigeon: Behind the Feathers. Garn photographed the birds “in the wild” and in a studio, arranged through Wild Bird Fund. But they came with their own stories.
Anika Burgess for Atlas Obscura interviewed Garn about the work and how we can learn to appreciate nature in our cities. Follow the link below.
- Trained racing pigeons can fly at speeds up to 110mph
- Both sexes secrete a form of “milk” (made up of high fat and protein mixture) into the crop, a food-storage pouch in their throats, ready to feed their squabs.
- Pigeons are monogamous and live for around 20 years.
- They are intelligent birds and have an “unparalleled ability to find their way home”