Why isn't there a dedicated forum to Sexual & Reproductive Behavior?
Why isn't there a forum dedicated just to Sexual & Reproductive Behavior?
And sub-forums for "monogamy", "multiple mates", "ruffled neck feathers", "courting behavior", "contraceptive food" ... and anything else that's known to predicts accurate Q&A about sex and reproductive behavior for birds?
Separate forums dedicated to "Sex and Reproduction" would save a lot of unnecessary questions, searching and confusion (at least for me).
If my complaint here does not precipitate the forums and formatting suggested, here are my perpetual dumb questions:
Situation: I had a stable pair of feral pigeons on my balcony for more than a year. Male disappeared and after a lot of suitors, another one started hanging around and now there's a third. What are the odds that third one is male or female? Only the original female stays as a resident bird, the other two are transient.
The resident female lays eggs in a long cardboard box that I cannot see into and now rendezvous there with the other two birds of uncertain gender, and when they scatter, she now emerges with a conspicuous exposed and ruffled set neck feathers. What does this mean? Is this their version of rough sex or what?
One other thing, whether they're doves or pigeons I cannot be sure. From the looks, I'd say Pigeons but they could be doves but they don't make that conspicuous sound of coo-coo-coo when they take off and land like the doves I used to have.
Any litmus test for doves versus pigeons?
How different is the sexual behavior between pigeons and doves? Can you compare and contrast?
Is there safe contraceptive food for pigeons?
To snatch, parboil and return eggs, is sooner always better?
PS: See, if this was already posted and answered under an FAQ, we wouldn't have to reinvent the Q&A wheel.
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