Winged Rats or Prized Pets?

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 | buzz

Pigeons. Some folks call them “rats with wings.” Some cities have enacted pigeon eradication programs, even — so the story goes — reintroducing Peregrine Falcons to kill pigeons. None of these tactics have worked particularly well for the Domestic Pigeon columbia ilvia domestica, which has proven more resistant to human influence than their native cousins, such as the Passenger Pigeon. But some humans have developed a soft spot for those pudgy cooing birds. Colin Jerolmack is an assistant professor of Sociology at New York University who has studied the peculiar relationship people develop with pigeons. He joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on November 18, 2013.

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