- Family Columbidae: numerous genera and species
- Their short breeding cycle allows pigeons and doves to have more broods to compensate for their small brood sizes and relatively high rates of predation.
- This diet mimics the composition of crop milk in white Carneaux pigeons, Columbia livia, and the diet of older squabs.
- After lunch, we walked round the spit and swam in a sea like silk, with only a sea eagle and a few white Torres Strait pigeons for company.
- Until recently, winter nesting in British birds has been very rare beyond a handful of species that include the wood pigeon, feral pigeon, and collared dove.
- Descended from wild rock doves, homing pigeons can locate their lofts, or roosts, even when released several thousand miles away.
- Its been estimated by some pigeon fanciers that there as many as 500 wild pigeons in the town centre.
- At the end of the day, one has to admit that most would-be megastars, the pigeons in this behavioral con game, are complicit in their deception.
- The pigeon is the gaming commission who doesn't recognize the gambler's need for excitement and agrees to bar them from casinos.
- In Trafalgar Square, he meets up with Bugsy, a fat, smelly, cheeky con-man pigeon, who ends up volunteering for the war effort by mistake.
The name of the pigeon comes from French pijon, a word for a young bird, especially a young dove. It is an alteration of Latin pipio, which imitates the piping or cheeping of a nestling. The phrase to be someone's pigeon, ‘to be someone's concern or responsibility’, has nothing to do with homing pigeons going astray, or indeed anything involving the bird: pigeon here is a respelling of pidgin and thus means ‘business’. The pigeon's distinctive walk gave us pigeon-toed, meaning ‘having the toes or feet turned inwards’, and pigeon-chested or pigeon-breasted, ‘having a protruding chest’, from the end of the 18th century.
Words that rhyme with pigeonpidgin, smidgen, wigeon
- They spent two weeks there practising the local language - a pigeon English called Krio - and lazing on the beaches.
- To make it even better, this guy only spoke French and Paul spoke pigeon French.
- People who first spoke pigeon languages (e.g. Creole) which were just a combination of other languages had kids that incorporated grammar and usage into the language that the parents never used or taught.
- "He'll know what to do, and in any case, it's his pigeon to whack out justice."
- Whatever has been ages ago - it's not my pigeon.
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