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AlStreit
Posted 21st December 2001, 12:36 PM
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How long do pigeons live?


Carl, you said in Lucky's story that some pigeons live more than 20 years. That's a long time.

In a newspaper article once, the reporter said up to 35 years. Reporters are known for not researching well, so i'm skeptical.

Anyway, i want to keep our birds, Bobby Bebop and our Little Bertha and Sparky, for a long time like that (though they may have to be willed to someone).

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Posted 21st December 2001, 12:51 PM
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Maybe the longest ever recorded to live was 35 years. I don't know.

In the wild average of 2-3 years. In captivity 10-15 years but on the outside up to 20 years.

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Originally posted by AlStreit:
Carl, you said in Lucky's story that some pigeons live more than 20 years. That's a long time.

In a newspaper article once, the reporter said up to 35 years. Reporters are known for not researching well, so i'm skeptical.

Anyway, i want to keep our birds, Bobby Bebop and our Little Bertha and Sparky, for a long like that (though they may have to be willed to someone).
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Posted 22nd December 2001, 06:54 PM
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I believe that Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon died at 23 years. She died in 1914.
I think that in captivity a bird that lives to 15 years is a lucky bird, but I do not know what the average life of a captive bird is.
Regards,
Carl
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Posted 22nd December 2001, 07:13 PM
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Well, this is a dove and not a pigeon but probably close enough ...
http://www.concannon.net/wilmer/

This page shows Dr. Miller holding his 27+ year old dove who passed away last December. This is also a very informative website that may be of interest to some list members. Dr. Miller is a very respected expert in dove genetics.

Terry Whatley

PS: My Traveler pigeon wears a 1987 band so I know a pigeon can easily make it to age 14!
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