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The Mountain Pigeon

Learn the care and feeding of mountain pigeons in the aviary.

By Robert Alison, PhD

You learned about the mountain pigeon in the February 2010 issue of BIRD TALK Magazine. Now learn more about the mountain pigeon.

  • The normal clutch of mountain pigeons comprises of one egg, incubated for about 30 days. Parents are very attentive and parental care of offspring is excellent.
  • These pigeons readily use nesting baskets, adding very little nesting material. Nests not in baskets are frail and flimsy, but one parent is always present.
  • Aviaries/cages should have at least one solid wall to provide protection from wind.
  • The recommended diet is: brown rice, raisins (cooked), diced apple, pear, melon (but not watermelon), papaya, cooked carrots, cooked yams, supplemented with Purina "Moist and Meaty" dog food. These pigeons prefer elevated feeding trays and avoid foraging on the ground.  
  • Although these pigeons are quite cold-tolerant, they can be vulnerable to below-freezing temperatures.
  • After fledging, offspring usually continue to associate with the parents, and there is no need to separate young from breeding pairs.
  • These birds drink often, and clear, fresh water should be handily available.




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