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Posted 25th November 2002, 04:33 PM
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RE: Pigeons life expectancy?

What is the life expectancy of a pigeon? Also is there a way to tell how old a pigeon is?

Edward J. Russo

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maryco maryco is offline
Posted 25th November 2002, 04:38 PM
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I don't think there is a way to tell how old an adult pigeon is or when he was born except if the pigeon was wearing a band which lists the date of birth.

I believe pigeons can live upto 20 years or more if they were taken care of... As for wild pigeons about 5-6 years, I think?


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Posted 25th November 2002, 05:54 PM
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"Probably the oldest authentically recorded age of a pigeon is that of Kaiser, a red checkered cock, 17-47-0350, captured in a basket of pigeons during the Meuse-Argonne offensive in 1918...Kaiser was reported to have died at the age of thirty-two years eight months (Amer. Pigeon Jour., 1950, p. 226)..." **

Now that's an old pigeon! I sure hope Bernie raises the bar on that record!

I think Mary's estimates are more realistic. One source averaged the life of a feral pigeon at four years, but there may well be regional variances on that estimate.

** Page 273, paragraph five, THE PIGEON, Levi, Wendell M. (Levi Publishing Company, Inc., Sumter, S.C.)


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TAWhatley TAWhatley is offline
Posted 25th November 2002, 07:23 PM
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Hello Edward and Welcome!

I have a pigeon named Traveler who proudly wears a 1987 band .. thus he is 15 going on 16 and I hope has many years in him. He is/was a rescue bird and I have only had him for about 3 years. Traveler is now blind in one eye from injures but otherwise healthy, viable, and a "real pistol". He is one of my MAIN birds!

I have many other rescue pigeons that I believe are quite old but I have no way of "proving" this as I do with Traveler.

They are totally amazing creatures, worthy of being rescued and helped, and most of all not only worthy of love but also creatures that will reciprocate.

Terry Whatley
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Danielle Chase Danielle Chase is offline
Posted 26th November 2002, 12:48 AM
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I have heard that pigeons can live up to thirty years of age - if kept safe from harm. On the other hand - "city" pigeons, or those that are wild - have a life span of about 4 years. Eggbert will be 10 years old this December and I would love for him to live to the ripe old age of 30! When we were in Montana last year, a gal I was talking to said they had a pet pigeon at one time named "Banner" that lived to be 19 years old. LONG LIVE PIGEONS!!! PIGEONS FOREVER!!!

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