A few peculiar-looking pigeons were spotted by a photographer. Speculation was that they may be a cross with parrot. But the explanation is likely more human-related.
Last weekend some mysterious pigeon-parrot hybrids were spotted in Queens, but experts now tell us these are just your garden variety rock pigeons with some colorful dye applied. Next they’ll tell us this isn’t a photo of Anthony Weiner astride a pegasus! Below are theories and thoughts from a birder, a pigeon fancier, and the NYC Audubon.
New York City birder Yojimbot tells us the pigeon “has been dyed… impossible to say with what but I’m guessing some vegetable based dye, because anything else would affect the flight of the bird. I’ve heard of similar things in Europe and India for religious ceremonies.”
There are conflicting theories whether dying the birds’ feathers is harmless or not. Pigeon farmer Onorio Catenacci says it does not cause any physical harm to the birds themselves but Tod Winston from NYC Audubon says dying of the feathers can be harmful to the birds as they might ingest the paint when they clean themselves. No word on who might have done this or for what prupose. The feathers will eventually molt and be replaced.