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Posted 15th November 2010, 09:56 AM
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Do all pigeons grunt and why


I've noticed that Kiko grunts. It's not a coo and Kalani does not do it. It almost sounds like a throaty hoot. He's doing it right now. I am here on the computer and Kalani is on her eggs. He is walking around calmly grunting. Any ideas?


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Some do and some don't. I have one hen that will grunt if you even look at her I tell her to hush and stop fussing at me, but of course she doesn't listen. They usually do it more when they are nesting. They may do short grunts that tell you to back off, or the males (and females) will call each other to the nest, doing something between that and a coo (more smooth but still deep sounding), while flicking their wings and bowing their heads.
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At first I thought Kiko was doing when he was alone and wanting company. Kalani would be on her nest and he would be looking for attention (since I was in the other room usually when he grunted. I usually just ignore it but then he gets louder and louder. Today he was pecking around Romeo's (my poodle) food bowl and grunting. Strange bird
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By your post I take it Kiko returned?
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By your post I take it Kiko returned?
Yes He came back yesterday around 1PM. He was in a very cranky mood too. He is just now acting like his normal self, but he wants nothing to do with going out on the balcony!
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Yes my female hen also does this. When you get close to her she kind of gets ticked off. I don't know why. But she does it.
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One of the main way pigeons communicate is sound.
They can hear very low frequency sounds that we can not hear.
I have noticed that hens grunt more when you first pick them up. I have been using this habit to sex them more accurately.
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All six of my breeding homers COO whenever I walk past their pens.
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One of the main way pigeons communicate is sound.
They can hear very low frequency sounds that we can not hear.
I have noticed that hens grunt more when you first pick them up. I have been using this habit to sex them more accurately.
Oh that helps, because the one that I thought is a female does make that noise.
Also the cock usually cooos when i take them out to feed them and he goes around in circles and the other bird just moves "her" head up and down.
Could this mean I have a male and female.
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Kiko (my male) is the only one that grunts and he also is the only one that stretches and puffs out his neck while turning and pacing and dragging his tail all the while cooing. When he grunts he is usually just standing still and calm (usually alone).

Kalani (my hen) coos but only when I get too close to her nest and she goes on the defensive.

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Coos and grunts are different. How about a hiss before wing slaps?
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I haven't heard either Kiko or Kalani hiss before. Kiko is usually roo coo ka rooing then wing slapping. Sometimes he will not make any noise before wing slapping. Is hissing a common sound they make?
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Coos and grunts are different. How about a hiss before wing slaps?
Oh yeah then theres that, lol.
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They gripe at us (sounds like yelling sometimes), they peck at us (Kiko can draw blood!) and they wing slap us. I'm beginning to feel unloved
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Pigeons grunt or hoot ,this is a warning coo.I have found it is most often the hen which issues this call.
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