17 Reasons Why Pigeons Are Actually Amazing

The world’s most frequent flier also happens to be one of the most interesting characters of all time.

You thought pigeons were urban pests? WRONG. PIGEONS ARE AWESOME.

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They’ve lived alongside humans for thousands of years! The earliest depictions of pigeons date back to 3000 BC.

2. They are SO WORLDLY and well traveled.

Just chillin’ in Paris, y’all.

3. In fact, you can find them pretty much everywhere.

The green parts of the map show the geographical range of pigeons.

4. They come in SO MANY delightful varieties.


Pictured from left to right are the Victoria Crowned Pigeon, the Yellow-Footed Green Pigeon, and the Common Wood Pigeon.

5. And they flock to the most refined cuisines.

Bread, figs…they are basically gourmands.

6. Did we mention that they’re war heroes?!

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Due to spectacular homing abilities, pigeons were used as military messengers in numerous wars.


In addition to delivering messages, they were recruited for aerial reconnaissance! PIGEONS FLYING WITH COOL, TINY CAMERAS? Yes pls.

8. One pigeon named Cher Ami actually saved the lives of nearly 200 men during World War I. NOT A JOKE. HERE IS PROOF:

We are along the road parallel to 276.4. Our artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For heaven’s sake, stop it.

9. They are brave and fearless, even in this day and age.

10. They lay the cutest lil eggs…

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11. …and have the cutest lil babies.

12. They’ve been depicted in important historical works of art…

The ark of Noah and the cosmic covenant


The Return of the Dove to the Ark, John Everett Millais, 1851


Pigeon on a peach branch, Emperor Huizong, Northern Song Dynasty, 1108 or 1109 C.E.



13. …and are even smart enough to RECOGNIZE famous works of art.

Bridge over a Pool of Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1899


Girl with a Mandolin (Fanny Tellier), Pablo Picasso, 1910



In 1995, Japanese professors described an experiment in which pigeons were trained to distinguish between paintings by Monet and Picasso. Can most human beings even do that?!

14. See how smart they are?!

15. They’re also super good at love and romance.

They tend to mate for life!

16. Perhaps it’s because their hearts are LARGER THAN HUMAN HEARTS.

In proportion to body size, that is.

17. They’re undeniably the most amazing animals ever.

Basically, pigeons rule.

All fliers deserve to be treated with respect. Air on the Side of Humanity™ with JetBlue.

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