Photo 30 Jan 40 notes Why Birds Attacked the Peace Doves in Rome

Why did the crow and the gull attack the doves? Because the doves were white. Thousands of pigeons (relatives of doves) live in Rome, as in most cities. They range in color from grayish to brownish to blackish and everything in between. Many other species of birds live in Rome as well, but none are pure white. So if you’re an aggressive, badass bird (as gulls and crows tend to be), what’s going to draw your attention? The pure-white bird. What’s going to be the target of your aggression? The pure-white bird. There’s a reason that albino birds (and other animals born without any color pigment) generally don’t live long in the wild: They’re easily seen, they can’t hide, and predators single them out for attack.
What are “peace doves”? Doves have been a symbol of peace for thousands of years, in part because of the biblical story of the ark, in which a dove brought an olive branch to Noah, showing that dry land was near and the terrible flood would soon be over. Christianity, especially, adopted the dove as a religious icon.
Are doves really peaceful? Not particularly. They have weak feet and small bills and mostly mind their own business, walking around eating seeds and the occasional tiny bug. But they’re just as likely to fight each other over territory (with lots of wing-slapping) as any other species. I once saw a mourning dove chase a blue jay away from a bird feeder. No wimpy bird gets the best of a blue jay….
What were the birds that attacked the peace doves? One was a hooded crow, and the other was a yellow-legged gull. Both are very common birds in Europe. The former is related to the American crow, while the latter is related to the herring gull that’s so familiar on seashores and at garbage dumps. The crow and the gull are both omnivorous, which means they eat anything from discarded French fries on a parking lot to nestlings stolen from other birds’ nests and carrion on a roadside. And both are bold birds well adapted to surviving around people—like, say, in Rome.

(via National Geographic)

Why Birds Attacked the Peace Doves in Rome

Why did the crow and the gull attack the doves? Because the doves were white. Thousands of pigeons (relatives of doves) live in Rome, as in most cities. They range in color from grayish to brownish to blackish and everything in between. Many other species of birds live in Rome as well, but none are pure white. So if you’re an aggressive, badass bird (as gulls and crows tend to be), what’s going to draw your attention? The pure-white bird. What’s going to be the target of your aggression? The pure-white bird. There’s a reason that albino birds (and other animals born without any color pigment) generally don’t live long in the wild: They’re easily seen, they can’t hide, and predators single them out for attack.

What are “peace doves”? Doves have been a symbol of peace for thousands of years, in part because of the biblical story of the ark, in which a dove brought an olive branch to Noah, showing that dry land was near and the terrible flood would soon be over. Christianity, especially, adopted the dove as a religious icon.

Are doves really peaceful? Not particularly. They have weak feet and small bills and mostly mind their own business, walking around eating seeds and the occasional tiny bug. But they’re just as likely to fight each other over territory (with lots of wing-slapping) as any other species. I once saw a mourning dove chase a blue jay away from a bird feeder. No wimpy bird gets the best of a blue jay….

What were the birds that attacked the peace doves? One was a hooded crow, and the other was a yellow-legged gull. Both are very common birds in Europe. The former is related to the American crow, while the latter is related to the herring gull that’s so familiar on seashores and at garbage dumps. The crow and the gull are both omnivorous, which means they eat anything from discarded French fries on a parking lot to nestlings stolen from other birds’ nests and carrion on a roadside. And both are bold birds well adapted to surviving around people—like, say, in Rome.

(via National Geographic)

#dove #Rock Pigeon #Hooded Crow #Yellow-legged Gull #birds #Vatican #Rome #Italy #Pope Francis #fighting #predation

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    Is it just me or is this really hilarious? (the attacking of the doves that the pope released) Not that I hate doves or...
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