Speaking pigeon

Keeping up with New York City's feathered underdogs

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By | Posted May 21, 2012
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Many bird-lovers watched rapt in early April as the most famous of New York City’s residential birds hatched two chicks on a live webcam. The proud parents are Washington Square Park hawks Bobby and Rosie, and over the next few months Bobby and Rosie will strengthen their chicks by feeding them fresh meat: rodents, songbirds, and their favorite — pigeons.

But what about those pigeons? Are they really the poster birds of urban filth and disease that New Yorkers make them out to be? Maybe all they need is better PR. Kelly Slivka talks with a couple of people who see past the birds’ reputation and figures out what makes Columba livia more than a pest.

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