Do Pigeons have feelings? Some facts

Pigeons are living creatures. They eat, drink and take care of their squabs and partners. BUT DO PIGEONS HAve feelings?

Do pigeons have feelings?

Pigeons have feelings. They feel happy, do romance, show anger. Sometimes they often grieve. Pigeons can develop emotional attachments with humans. They can remember their face. They are one of the most intelligent birds that even recognize their face in the mirror.

What are the occasions pigeons show anger? How do know they are happy? Why do they grieve? What are the reasons behind their behavior Stick to the article to know the facts?

HOW DO PIGEONS show love?

I have a loft of pigeons at home. TO know their behavior, I stare at them for minutes daily. One day when I visited them, I saw how do they show love?

Pigeons show love by kissing each other. This is a sign of pigeon mating. A male pigeon puffs up his chest like bodybuilders. Try to impress the female. Offer him mating. When the female accepts his offer, SHe put her beak into his beak.

This is the kiss. I see sometimes she put food in his mouth as a sign of love. After that they do mating. Mating is just for few seconds. Then they both look for the nest to lay eggs.

DID YOU KNOW? Pigeons mate for life

PIGEONS are loyal to their partner. After choosing their partner. They show love to each other until death separates them. They develop strong emotions with each other. So they become sad on the death of their partner.

Occasions when pigeon show sadness

Pigeons are smart. They don’t forget the faces. They always remember their loved ones. But with time, just like humans, they learn to move on.

Separation from their partner

Pigeons are very loyal to their partners. They have very strong emotions with each other. Both of them take care of each other. They both look after their children. When the squabs grows up, they left them and raise new kids. But they don’t separate from each other.

From here you can estimate their strong bond. As we know DEATH IS ETERNAL. When death approaches, their bond breaks Pigeon grieves for some days. He might not eat something. He may show aggression on other pigeons. Chances are, the widowed pigeon may abandon her eggs or squabs.

Death of their babies

It is true when the pigeon grows to an adult age, the parents left him. But it doesn’t mean that they don’t love them. Pigeons are very concerned about their babies. They even fight with other birds.

Pigeon protecting his babies from crowz

Here you can see how a pigeon is protecting eggs from the crows. She is stopping them from attacking by his feathers. This is a sign of affection. They often attack humans if They touch their eggs.

Pigeons grieve if their babies disappear. This is a very sad moment for any parent in the world watching their beloved dying. She can’t do anything except throwing his baby out of the nest. She does so for other squabs so they don’t get any disease. As there are chances of growth of bacteria and parasites in the nest.

When they are alone?

Pigeons are the birds that make families. They don’t like to live alone. If you keep only one pigeon and just put him in a cage. He will surely be sad. They can be kept as pets but if you just put him in jail, covered his cage often by clothes. Then you should not expect any kind of happiness from him.

How to know your bird is sad?

Some symptoms shows pigeons are sad. You should keep an eye on these facts to know. The symptoms include:

  • They will eat nothing
  • Show laziness
  • Stay away from other pigeons
  • Head down
A sad pigeon

These signs show that your pigeon is sad but it can be a serious threat. There are chances that he may be ill. To know some useful tips about pigeon diseases. Read our post on pigeon diseases.

How can you tell when a pigeon is Happy?

Pigeon shows happiness by moving and cooing in circles. They will flap their wings in pleasure. They will fly in the air for a long time. Like humans, they also feel love. They also show happiness.

When they are happy?

  • Pigeons are happy when they find a new partner. When male purpose the female and she accepts it. Both show their pleasure by kissing each other.
  • When you feed them good food, they will coo and move in circles
  • When you have close affection with your pigeon, and you cuddle in his purr they feel very comfortable. They show their happiness at that time too.

There are different natures of pigeons. Mostly pigeons are calm. At the same time, some are arrogant. Some signs of happy pigeon are given below

Signs of a happy pigeon

  • Move-in circles
  • Flap their wings
  • Coo
  • Come to you – if they are in love with you
  • Kiss their mate

Do pigeons show aggression?

Pigeons are a sign of peace. They are mostly famous for their calm nature. But there are times when they show aggression.

They show aggression when you tease them. If someone attacks their nest, they will show instant reaction and attack on him. These birds show aggression by biting and flapping their feathers.

You can see here in this video how much this bird is in rage! If you tease the pigeon he will surely attack you.

Angry pigeon


Pigeons are very intelligent birds. They can feel anything that is in the environment. They can be angry, sometimes sad, and many times happy. If you love them, they will love you back. They can recognize human faces and have the ability to know who gave them food yesterday and who was angry with them before.

What do you think? How your pigeon show affection to you? Tell us in the comments






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