08-13-2017, 08:12 PM
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| | Rock doves AKA 'city pigeons' are among the earliest domesticated animals
no one wants to admit it, but Rock Doves [native to Europe, N Africa, & parts of India, they nested on stony cliffs] are long-time human companions.
All the pigeons in every U-S city are descended from imported birds who escaped - they are easily re-domesticated, hardy, excellent parents, & faithful spouses.
If i'm not mistaken, the ring-neck doves in Texas, like the parrots of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, are descendants of caged birds - & are not native.
'Quaker Parakeets' are incredibly hardy & invasive; there are large colonies in L-A, San Fran, Seattle, & Chicago, & they're breeding in Va Beach & Norfolk, VA - no one wants to TAKE DOWN their messy colony nests, as local residents do not understand the hazard they pose, & complain loudly to their local reps & city councils.
Quakers AKA Monk Parakeets like to build their multi-story twig complexes ON TRANSFORMERS & other power-company infrastructure; they cause hundreds of fires & local power outages annually.
They drive farmers crazy - they eat fruits, seeds, grains, & nuts in huge, huge quantities. They are very destructive of crops of all kinds, devouring them by the pound in minutes because they travel in such large flocks. // Once they've stripped the area, they move to the next one.
The white-winged doves & mourning doves are native species - the incredible fecundity of Passenger Pigeons was no defense from market hunters, who blew them out of the sky by the thousands.