Why don't I see pigeons in trees?

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Offline Stu Sotozaki-Leech

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Why don't I see pigeons in trees?
« on: 05/05/2010 12:30:03 »
Stu Sotozaki-Leech  asked the Naked Scientists:
Hi there,

I am a recent listener originally from Canada, but currently listening from Hakodate Japan.

Here is my question (with context).

I work at a Japanese high school. One thing about being in Hakodate (as opposed to Calgary, AB), is the sheer number of pigeons.

I see them sitting on fences, telephone wires, statues (of course), awnings and overhangs above doors, and the like.

However, I have yet to see any pigeon perched in a tree, ever.

Why is that?
Stu Sotozaki-Leech

ps. I have to compliment your newbielink:http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/ [nonactive]. I normally listen to newbielink:http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/ [nonactive] originating from the states (and of course, the CBC in Canada).

I appreciate that you don't dummy down the science on the one hand and don't go overboard with the technicalities on the other. An excellent balance.

Keep it up, eh.

What do you think?
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Offline Jolly- Joliver

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Why don't I see pigeons in trees?
« Reply #1 on: 04/04/2011 00:29:58 »
Probably because they are harder to see.

There are a few type of pigeons also. wood pigeon or ring dove below


There is one in the photo in a tree.

What am I doing thinking about science?


Where do you go? Yours with love JOLLY


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Why don't I see pigeons in trees?
« Reply #2 on: 04/04/2011 07:25:53 »
Pigeons are apparently one of the oldest domesticated birds.


Which were derived from the "Rock Pigeon".


And thus a propensity to more rocky structures than woody structures. 

So, we have our ancestors to blame for the bright idea of domesticating a rock dwelling bird, and bringing it into our cities.  Many people now consider the pigeons a nuisance, nonetheless, there are people who choose to feed them, and the birds have become well adapted to urban life.