Hey! 21 things you never knew about pigeons…

I just have to pass it on, in the hope that it will provide some light relief for those not already culture rioting on this thread…

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  • Jamie Gargoyle

    Only thing I’d learnt about pigeons this week before seeing that list was “pigeons can find themselves so engrossed in whatever scraps of food are down on the tracks that they don’t notice the 17:38 to Braintree until its too late” – little sod was still flapping in death throes five minutes later…

  • More of a cat person myself. In ancient Egypt they used to worship cats. Cats have never forgotten this.

  • Cruimh

    Pigeon breast meat makes wonderful chili -a touch of oregano and a whsper of allspice!

  • Joe

    It’s great in pastilla too, sort of north African samaosa thing – nice recipe here. I’m not sure how suitable the feral urban pigeon is for this sort of thing, however.

    Given the atmosphere on Slugger recently, I’m quietely amazed we’ve made it this far without a ‘What about the thousands who can no longer learn fascinating facts about pigeons because Martin McGuinness ate them when they were babies?’ comment, by the way. Well done all.

  • Mick Fealty

    You trying to start another riot Joe?

  • DK

    What’s the Gaelic for “Pigeon”?

  • Rory

    “In both the first and second World Wars the pigeon saved hundreds of thousands of human lives by carrying messages across enemy lines.

    Forgetting entirely that the intelligence thus transmitted may have led to the deaths of an equal or indeed greater number of lives from the “other side”.

    Bloody positive spin for pigeons if you ask me and as for the beneficial effects of pigeon shit – they are not so apparent when it lands on the shoulders and lapels of your very best jacket just as you are about to attend that final interview for a new job, as happened to me. Still, I have to admit it was lucky – I got the job.

  • Cruimh

    “I’m not sure how suitable the feral urban pigeon is for this sort of thing, however.”

    They taste grim Joe.

  • joeCanuck

    “Still, I have to admit it was lucky – I got the job.”

    Luck of the Irish. Similar thing happened to me on my first day at a new job.
    I defined the luck of the Irish to a boss a few years ago. When an Irishman steps in dogshit he’s likely to look down and say “Aren’t I lucky I wasn’t wearing my good shoes”.
    Five minutes later, he walked into my office laughing his head off. He said he was at the urinal and started thinking about the joke and commenced laughing whereby he pissed all over his shoes.

  • Ever since I found out Ken hates them…
    …they’ve had a special place in my heart.

  • Cruimh

    They omitted Paddy Pigeon from the list!


  • kelly d


    Pigeon = Colúr as Gaeilge.

  • Turgon

    One of the major predators of pigeons in East Belfast are our cats. They do not seem to eat them either but helpfully bring them to us as presents.

  • Cruimh

    Turgon – here was a row in Derry 2004 regarding Peregrine Falcon poisoning, pigeon racers and Raptor Study Group that had Jim Wells ( Chairman RSG) and Cllr Billy Page ( Pigeon racer) in the Belfast Telegraph. The RSPB were not impressed by calls from Foyle Racing Pigeon Society for a Cull of the Falcons.

  • McGrath


    A subject close to my heart. Been a pigeon fancier all my life. I actually introduced my dad to the sport, and now hes a total fanatic.

    There are no (safe) Cats, within a 1/2 mile of our lofts!

    I would take this opportunity to mention, that we belong(ed) to clubs both in Scarva and Banbridge. Never-ever a mention of sectarianism, the focus was always on pigeons.

  • darth rumsfeld

    fact 22
    the average pigeon is more intelligent than the entire UUP assembly group.

    I’ll get me sash

  • More pigeons! This time eating from a table 🙂