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A colleage took this photos last summer when we worked in Barcelona/Spain. As there is a free flying population of little green parrots, she is convinced this is a pigeon/parrot hybrit. I can not immagine this is possible, but the animal was there. Beside the coloration it looked like any other pigeon in Barcelona. Who has an idea what happened?
Originally posted by NGC2736
[Actually, that's freaky. And thanks for the post to my profile Gem, it brought me over to see this.]
Originally posted by Gemwolf
As the new Crypto FSME I thought I'd do some marketing.
Without data, I would have guessed that any bright color might be a risk, and that the goal would be to dye the pigeons a darker color that would be more difficult to pick out against their background, ideally one with splotches or bars to break up their outline.
Originally posted by nikelbeeConsidering the vivid bright hues of the hippy pigeon/parrot, seems a bit OTT though. Wouldn't it make its predators more likely to focus on it?
Originally posted by Byrd
Pigeon keeping isn't something that's commonly done here in the US, but it's quite common in Europe. It is very likely to be a bird from a coop (easily handled by the owner) and perhaps a fairly valuable racing bird that's being let out for exercise or training.
Beter had a number of homing and racing pigeons, including expensive "fantail" show-offs, that he had entered in a number of interisland competitions. As a volunteer for the city Recreation Department at Easter events, Beter had temporarily dyed ducks and chicks. Would the same work on pigeons?
The result is Beter's "trade secret," but involves food coloring, a special diet and vitamins. We're talking pink, yellow, orange, green, purple, red, white and blue pigeons, and the colors are as bright as a fast-food wrapper.
No of Birds All Events ($): Discount Prices: Keiki Parties, Funerals ($): SAVINGS ($):
10-20 100.00 90.00 10.00
21-40 150.00 120.00 30.00
41-60 200.00 150.00 50.00
61-80 250.00 180.00 70.00
81-100 300.00 210.00 90.00
125 350.00 250.00 100.00
150 400.00 300.00 100.00
175 (summer '99) 450.00 325.00 125.00
200 (summer '99) 500.00 350.00 150.00
*(Fantail Birds - $18.00 per bird)*
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Around this time of year [November] in the Costa Blanca, you will see flocks of brightly coloured pigeons circling round, this is not just the whim of the owners to tart them up a bit, but they are painted in individual owners colour schemes to participate in a sport, not racing, but the sport of being amorous.
A hand-painted pigeon is going to enjoy the flight for couple of hours. People here in Pakistan keep pigeons in cages as "domistictaed birds" and color their feathers. They free-up these pigeons for couple of hours twice every day and then they return to their cages by themselves.
This is a Rose Crowned Fruit Dove
no dye, a real bird.