2 March 2023
It’s spring and our local pigeons (Columba livia) are prancing in courtship. The males bow and coo to their chosen mates and accompany their ladies in flight. When their courtship is successful the males clap their wings.
You can hear cooing and wing clapping in this audio clip …
… and see it as they fly in this video.
Learn their courtship moves in this vintage article. Keep track of the pairs you see on the pavement. Pigeons mate for life!
(photo from Wikimedia Commons, video from @MrMattperry on YouTube, click on the captions to see the original)