Refined carbs aren’t any better for pigeons than they are for us. But urban birds, used to groveling for handouts, will take what they can get. This mottled pigeon person stumbled upon a bounty in Mission Bay. We could hear a gang of gulls on the approach so the pigeon was in his own Amazing Race to stuff this broken baguette into his crop.
I’m not sure about the plumage variation on this pigeon — if it’s seen in the wild or if he’s the product of a domestic/wild pigeon union.
In case you’re wondering, this is what a healthful rock pigeon diet might look like. This particular mix is called Pigeon Popcorn — a special feed for domestic, homing and racing pigeons. It’s made up of: maple peas, milo, rice, millet, safflower seed, sunflower seed, popcorn kernels and other pigeon faves.
Ingrid, I love this post. My pigeon still has to learn the rudimentariness of nitpicking in the wild. She’s been fed with a high protein diet of a variety of seeds.