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Old 02-02-2017, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Yeah, I know this is like the most random/weird post ever. But when exiting the train station 3 days ago, I saw a dead pigeon. It had been hit by something apparently. But there was another pigeon next to it that was circling around it. I actually stopped to watch this pigeon from several feet away because at first I felt sad like "is that live pigeon trying to help the dead pigeon"? I mean, it kept circling around it and seemed to be pecking at it.


Now, I didn't have my glasses on that day but as I watched at one point it looked as if maybe the live pigeon was actually eating the dead pigeon I couldn't tell for sure, but the thought of that had me scurry along my way.


So anyways...this morning...I'm heading to the train station. Right before entering I look to the side....the (assumingly same) live pigeon is still there circling around that very same dead pigeon.


I was in a hurry but it looked like most of the remains were still there so I guess the live pigeon wasn't eating the dead one...and is perhaps in mourning/doesn't want to leave the dead pigeon?
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:31 AM
 
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You may get a better response if you posted this in the Green forums. I'm sure there are several ornithologists over there.

As a former biologist, I would first warn against assigning human emotions and intelligence to lower animals. However I would guess that if the two pigeons were mates, the survivor would at the least invest a little time in divesting of that energy investment. As to the live pigeon appearing to eat the dead pigeon, pigeons are scavengers and at times very opportunistic.

BTW, I've seen dogs nudge a dead companion giving the impression they were trying to awaken them.

PS: Actually I meant Nature forums instead of Green forums.

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Old 02-02-2017, 11:37 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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If the dead pigeon had a craw full of seeds others will eat it. Many animals are very cannibalistic too.
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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You may get a better response if you posted this in the Green forums. I'm sure there are several ornithologists over there.

As a former biologist, I would first warn against assigning human emotions and intelligence to lower animals. However I would guess that if the two pigeons were mates, the survivor would at the least invest a little time in divesting of that energy investment. As to the live pigeon appearing to eat the dead pigeon, pigeons are scavengers and at times very opportunistic.

BTW, I've seen dogs nudge a dead companion giving the impression they were trying to awaken them.
Mods: Please feel free to move to a more appropriate forum.


Good points. Because they are scavengers is why I started thinking it was eating the live one. Now if I see it again after I get off the train today I'm not going to be able to stop myself from trying to see what exactly is going on here.
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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If the dead pigeon had a craw full of seeds others will eat it. Many animals are very cannibalistic too.
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Old 02-02-2017, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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From the title, I thought this was going to be a limerick.

"I saw a dead pigeon on Widgeon..."
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Old 02-03-2017, 07:51 AM
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From the title, I thought this was going to be a limerick.

"I saw a dead pigeon on Widgeon..."
Then a robin atop a marlin,


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