There are a number of reasons why I decided to take on this project. My first reason has to do with my interest in birds. This began shortly after moving to Victoria ten and a half years ago. With our house backing onto a wooded area, the chirping of birds is a familiar sound all year long. I often glance out the window to see birds of all forms in the yard throughout the day. Frequently I will pull out the Birds of Victoria or Birds of North America reference guides we have on hand. Unfortunately, the drawings in the first aren’t overly helpful for identification and the number of entries in the second is overwhelming. My second reason has to do with a photography course I took a number of years ago. Since that time I have been trying to think of a practical reason to buy a new camera. Taking pictures of birds requires a powerful zoom lens which my previous point-and-shoot camera could not accommodate. Perfect! My final reason was my desire to take on a new project to welcome in 2011. Hence, bird of the day was born.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Rock Pigeon

Columba livia
Dark bill
Dark, iridescent head and neck
Pale gray body
Two black bars on wings
Dark tipped tail

(Variable in color)

Listen to its call

In honour of Valentine’s Day, I chose a dove as my bird of the day. Since doves mate for life, they represent love. This symbolism dates back to ancient times. In Greek mythology, the dove was the sacred creature of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Okay, I know what you’re thinking, “That’s just a stupid pigeon”. Although commonly referred to as a pigeon, this bird is actually a dove. (At least it was until 2004 when it was officially renamed the Rock Pigeon). Furthermore, pigeons aren’t stupid at all. In fact, they are considered to be one of the most intelligent birds. Sort of makes you want to treat them with more respect, doesn’t it?

Learn more about the Rock Pigeon.

1 comment:

  1. Well, you have to admit their colouring is pretty awesome. Dunno why we have this negativity towards pigeons...messiness perhaps? And I thought doves were white, so what's with that?