Friday, May 18th, 2012

Where The Dead Pigeons Are

"When you think about it, why don't you see carcasses more often of most small (sparrow) to medium-sized (pigeon) birds? The answer is that most are cryptically colored (blends in to the background) and that decay processes and scavengers clean them up quickly. In Atlanta, from April through October, blowflies and ants can reduce a dead sparrow to a pile of loose feathers in a few days. In winter, opossums, raccoons, rats, cats, dogs, skunks, foxes, coyotes, crows, and Turkey Vultures clean up the dead. These same scavengers operate in the warmer months too, but blowflies often beat them to the punch…. Yes, the world would be a lot smellier without nature's cleanup squad (including the smallest and most important decomposers—-bacteria and fungi)!"
—Here's your answer to the age-old big city pigeon conundrum.


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NormaDesmond (#13,452)

I saw a dead baby pigeon the other day, on the sidewalk in the Village. I almost died of shock. And then ran away, repulsed. Not cute.

Smitros (#5,315)

That headline was also the title of the worst Spring Break film ever.

hershmire (#233,671)

Cairo is full of dead cats. It's one of the many reasons I left.

zidaane (#373)

Pigeon is on my dog's bucket list. Preferably alive and flailing.

DMcK (#5,027)

The same explanation applies to Bigfoot, haters.

GailPink (#9,712)

Also: Where are all the Baby Pigeons?

El Matardillo (#586)

It was always my understanding that blog writers baked them into pies.

cherrispryte (#444)

1) Vashta Nerada reference.

2) There is a fun game I play when walking through the alleyway behind my apartment, called "Dead Rat or Piece of Garbage." It is sometimes hard to tell! Things decay quickly, etc.

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