How to Call a Pigeon

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Sometimes, you may want to call pigeons to you so you can feed them or take care of them. You can do this by making a pigeon call by blowing into your hands. While it can take some practice to master this technique, you'll eventually be able to attract pigeons by making a pigeon call.

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Pigeons can be called with a sort of whistle.

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Why do pigeons call each other?

Pigeons are small birds in the same family as doves. They are flocking birds and strong fliers. Pigeons can be any one of a range of colors, including brown, gray, black, and white. They eat a variety of foods, such as berries, vegetation, weed seeds, bird seed, or food given to them by humans.

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A common form of communication among pigeons is calling. This happens when pigeons produce high-pitched sounds in order to communicate with each other. Pigeons call to each other for reasons such as courtship, revealing their location, or sharing a food source. Humans can also call pigeons in order to hunt them or feed them.

How to do a pigeon call

To perform a pigeon call, first wet your hands. Cup your hands like the shape of the letter "C" and put one hand into your other hand, palms facing inward. Your two hands together should now form an "O" shape.

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Press your thumbs together and bend your thumbs over your index fingers. A small hole will form between your thumbs. Place your top lip above the knuckles of your thumb and place your bottom lip below your knuckles. Then, blow gently down to the hole between your thumbs. This is how you do a pigeon call.

It can take some time and patience to learn how to do a pigeon call correctly.
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What sounds do pigeons make?

You might hear a pigeon make several different sounds. One sound that pigeons make is a song. This is a series of throaty coos. The pigeon will simultaneously strut, bow, inflate his throat, and fan his tail.

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Pigeons also call when they are trying to attract a mate. The call is a prolonged cooing sound. If a pigeon is scared or startled, you will hear him make a short grunt.

When a pigeon takes off into the air, he will beat his wings together, producing a slapping sound. Often, pigeons stamp their feet on the ground when they land. All of these different sounds are forms of pigeon speaking to help them communicate with each other and feel safe in their environment.

Often, you will find pigeons on city streets looking for food.
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Do pigeons like humans?

Many people wonder if pigeons like humans. Pigeons are generally not afraid of humans. Typically, these birds are sweet and sociable, especially if you're offering them food. A pigeon might eat out of your hand or even land on your shoulder.

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As you interact with pigeons in the wild or on a city street, remember to never be cruel to them. Don't yell at the birds or try to frighten them for fun. You also shouldn't try to pick up a pigeon. Sit down, be still and quiet, and let the pigeons come to you. You can use your pigeon call to try to attract more birds your way.

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