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Good afternoon, I am new to this website. I am a wildlife carer in Australia and took in a baby pigeon over 12 months ago which was very unwell and only just made it!! Early on it became apparent to me that he was not a bird suitable for release as he had unusual behaviours and wouldn't fly even though there was no known physical causes identified. I recently took the bird to an avian specialist even though he didn't have any obvious medical issues just to get advice and was told that he was significantly vision impaired. I will need to go to an opthalmologist for more clarity regarding his level of vision. This bird has become increasingly aggressive although can be very sweet when held. I know little about general pigeon behaviour but find his behaviour quite bizarre. He spends his days wandering around in circles making a strange sound and attacks anything that goes near him. He is out with other small animals and does appear to enjoy their company, however, is limited in his interactions. I have a pen set up in a large outdoor area where he sends his days. There are other smaller pens in there depending on other wildlife and I recently covered one of these pens with a large bed sheet so the animal below it felt safe. The pigeon has really taken to spending his days on top of this bed sheet. I struggle to understand why he wants to be there but he keeps putting himself there rather than on wide perches. To me I would have thought an unstable bed sheet would be more frightening than anything to a vision impaired animal? Basically I worry that he's unhappy or fearful but also not sure if I'm just not understanding or misinterpreting his signs. Any suggestions on ways to make this bird feel more safe and happy ie. company, layout of environment etc. would be very appreciated.

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Rebecca.
 

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Rebecca I have read your post and I am sure more people will join the thread and it is just a matter of time. I am not famaliar with blind birds and don't know their habits but someone will help you I am sure....c.hert
 

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Sounds like pretty common pigeon behavior to me. Once a pigeon matures, he can be very aggressive. Often a mate helps with that. The circling and noises are typical of mating behavior.
I don't know what kid of perches you have but pigeon like perches that are flat, rather than round. Could be that's why your pigeon likes to rest on the sheet.
 

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interesting point Charis makes - Rebecca - has this pigeon ever been in the company of another pigeon ? That might prove very interesting (and potentially rewarding)
 

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Yes, pigeons are territorial and will chase other birds from their favorite places. Impaired vision may be a reason this bird to be a bit more aggressive too. I have cock with only one eye that attack his hen when she approaches him on the blind side.
As it was raised by you and had no interaction with other birds of his kind, it may be little confused with the objects of his affection. Hand raised pigeons bond easily to humans and accept them as their mates. Spinning around, deep cooing noises and puffing feathers, dragging tail and bowing is mating behavior in these birds.
As for the bed sheet, well they like flat warm surfaces to rest on as Charis said. Flat planks for perches are desirable, but I would not worry if he stays on the bed sheet.
Welcome to the pigeons world Rebecca.
 

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I am thinking that if he/she sensed another of his kind, he would react differently to their presence.....worth a try (I might suggest that, if at all possible, it not be a mature adult because they might catch on to your friend being 'odd' and start becoming aggressive towards him/her).
 

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thanks everyone! He has some flat perches at different heights - about 15cm wide, however, he no longer will go on them - maybe too narrow. I have ended up conceeding defeat and just helping him stay where he wants to - I have removed the bedsheet and fastened shade cloth over a large area and put his food up there. He just seems anxious and aggitated to me and attacks mainly me - he leaves the other animals alone and they leave him alone. I have thought many times about getting him a mate, however, as a wildlife carer I would rather take in a rescue one rather than go out and buy one. My biggest worry is that they will fight. I don't know how pidgey would go with another pigeon. Would they be more likely to accept another pigeon or would any companion bird do?
 

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Definitely another pigeon of his species - too bad you are so far away - there's never a shortage of rescued ferals looking for homes here !
 
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