Are you the best in the nest?


February 22, 2023

Photo: Giuliano Benzin/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Photo: Giuliano Benzin/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Editor’s Note: Questions for this month’s test were contributed by Dr. Hamilton Allen, BCE; Foster Brusca; and Doug Foster. Want to know how you did? The answers are listed at the bottom of the page.

Please don’t feed the pigeons

The feral pigeon is a descendant of the domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica), also known as the rock dove or rock pigeon. Because they live in urban environments, their natural feeding habits of seed and fruits changed. Instead, they forage for food humans provide or leave behind. Eliminating their food supply by controlling garbage and litter helps reduce feral pigeon populations. Officials in Venice, Italy, famously prohibit visitors from feeding pigeons. The city’s ban has been in place since 1997, with a fine of 500 euros or more for lawbreakers.

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