As a self-proclaimed bird nerd, I borrowed the book because I had hoped to learn enough to change how I feel about pigeons. It isn't that I like them or dislike them--they're just here, there and everywhere, they aren't terribly pretty or engaging and they seem kind of dumb. In truth, they just don't really do much for me. I mean, wrens they ain't. (Wrens hold a particular fascination for me.)
I hoped this book would give me a new understanding and new found respect for the bird that most everyone hates; those boids we often refer to as "rats with wings".
This is what I learned:
- Pigeons have a vast and long history with humans.
- They can travel incredible distances at incredible speed, whether they're racing, delivering messages or just migrating.
- The people that get into pigeons, REALLY get into pigeons, often to the point of creepy obsession.
- They're not really dirtier nor do they carry more disease than any other animals; theysimply shit a lot, they shit big for their size and they shit near us since their habitat is our habitat and that disgusts us.
There may be a better book on pigeons out there. Should you care to seek it out, do so and skip this one.