A few days back only, I noticed a rock pigeon incubating on floor in my balcony. It had laid two white eggs. A friend has advised not to disturb them, as if scared it may abandon the eggs; so we took special care while watching the India’s semi-final match. On the day of Cricket World Cup Final, we saw two very cute and subtle squabs. A treat of basmati rice was kept for the Mother pigeon. Here are a few shots:
Interestingly a rock-pigeon lays eggs, two in numbers, on cliff faces or the artificial cliff faces of buildings’ roof spaces. Note the cere on the pigeon’s beak, which plays a key role in respiration as well as in indicating the reproductive stage. Sadly, squab or squab meat is included in exotic cuisine.
|Mother rock-pigeon incubating a squab |
(Note the cere on the beak, and white squab beneath her)
|Two cute Squabs :)|
Will try to update the post as they grow.... :)