Why Don’t Las Vegas Pigeons Migrate?
Birds are known for swooping over your head in the hundreds, even thousands sometimes, migrating together in one large group. They do this to escape the cold winters and return to breed for the much warmer summer months. Las Vegas Pigeons on the other hand, don’t migrate at all. That’s right, these pesky little critters happen to be one of the species of bird that keeps it happy home for the duration of their lives.
The Pigeon (or Rock Dove) is the blue and grey bird that perches and nests on top of gas stations, buildings, and homes all through the valley. There are some species of pigeon that DO migrate thousands of miles to warmer/cooler climates, however, the pigeon’s in this valley DO NOT. A pigeons migration is long, hard, and sometimes unbearable, but if the risk of migrating is higher then staying in there current location (perhaps even during winter months), they will stay in there location and survive. Thanks to our modern buildings and structures, shelter from the cold is readily available atop most roofs. On top of that, our abundance of waste and garbage keep them fed year round.
Like all other creatures of this earth, pigeons need the fundamentals: food, water, and a safe nesting place. In our modern buildings and structure’s, shelter from the cold is readily available atop most roof tops and waste and garbage keep them fed year round, SO WHY WOULD THEY WANT TO LEAVE? Pigeons have been using our city as there home for years, because they really like it here.