A friend and I feed a flock of city pigeons every day (Rock Doves), at about the same time,along with a flock of sparrows. There are nineteen pigeons in the group and nine sparrows.
The sparrows delight in swiping bits of bread from the rock doves a second before they reach it!
Nevertheless, the rock doves don't attack them, but seem to take it good naturedly.
The sparrows and the pigeons have become quite friendly, and we have given names to the pigeons, all of whom have different personalities. They will eat out of one's hand and will hop on a table and try to get into the bag where we bring a muffin or bread. They love bits of hot dog.
The most dominent pigeon is "Big Debbie", who fluffs up, chases the other birds away, seems to want all the attention and all the food.
One of the more interestihg observations is the fact one sparrow (an adult) had an injured leg and the other sparrows pick up bread bits, carry it over to this adult and feed it.
I am surpised at the comments we get. People really seem to hate these birds.
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