- Nine hollow areas extend throughout the pigeon's body. Air flows through this system of interconnected sacs almost like blood in the circulatory system.
- Pigeon kissing. When the female sticks her bill down the male's throat and takes an offering of regurgitated food. A behavior known as a prelude to mating.Bloom
- A white, powder-like dust found in the feathers of pigeons.Bowing
- A courtship behavior of a male pigeon like puffing out his neck feathers, lowering his head and turning around in circles.
- Abnormal deposits of calcium salts in the tissue; often in sites with dead tissues, parasites or abnormal circulation.Callus
- Bony or fibrous material that forms around th ends of a broken bone, which is absorbed when repair is complete.Canker
- A yellowish cheesy deposit usually in the birds mouth or throat caused by the protozoan, Trichomonas. Cere (eye)
- Bare skin around the eye.Closed (simple) Fracture
- Bone fracture in which the ends do not penetrate rhrough the skin.Cock
- A male pigeonContusion
- Crushing bruise or injury where the skin is not broken.Cooing
- Pigeons make many sounds during courtship, such as "coo-roo-coo-tooo...".Crest
- Reversed feathers on the back of the head.Crop
- The first stomach of the bird for storing feed located in a fleshy pocket on the neck. Here food is stored for around 12 hours inside the bird before it's passed into the stomach and intestines.
- The removal of dead, bruised or damaged tissue or foreign material from or adjacent to a lesion until healthy tissue is exposed.Distal
- Away from the center of the body.Down
- Yellowish fuzzy type covering on newly hatched pigeons.Driving
- Male pigeon runs closely behind his hen like chasing and pecking until she gets into the nest box.Droppings
- Excrement's of the pigeon.
Also commonly known as 'poop'.
- The accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells, tissues or serous cavities (serum-fluid portion of the blood).Egg-bound
- A hen is unable to lay a completely formed egg.
- The 20 long feathers on the wingFrill
- Line of reversed feathers on the neck or crop.
- Finely grouind up natural materials of pumice, oyster shell, brick and other materials used for pigeon digestion.
- A localized mass of blood which has come from a ruptured vessel and is relatively or completely confined within an organ, tissue or space; a bruise, a black and blue mark.Hen
- A female pigeon.Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
- This is a human illness, often times related to birds.
Inflammation of the lungs due to breathing in a foreign substance, usually certain types of dust, fungus, or molds.
KKeel (breast) bone
- Bone running down the middle of the breast to which the pectoral muscles are attached.
- Beak or bill.Molt
- Normal process of shedding feathers
- Death of cells in an organ or tissue.
- A pigeon over one year old.Open (compound) Fracture
- Fracture in which the skin is perforated and there is an open wouind down to the bone (the bone ends aer visible).
Note: The skin can close over the wound area and appear to be a simple fracture.
- The muscle lying on both sides of the keel bone.Pigeon Milk
- A dense watery, milk like fluid which is passed from the parents to the young birds upon hatching and continues for five to eight days. It is a soft easily digestible food.Pipping
- The chipping of the egg during hatching.Plumage
- General featheringPrimary flights
- The 10 large outer wing flightsProximal
- Towards the center of the body.Pumpers
- Pigeons used as foster parents.
- A youngster that did not develop properly.
Also known as a very large pigeon.
- The 10 smaller flights closest to the bodyShock
- A state of profound depression of vital processes of the body characterized by pallor, rapid but weak pulse, rapid and shallow respiration and often mental dullness (calmness).
Note: The skin may feel cool or 'clammy to the touch'. Not all symptoms will manifest.
The most common type of shock is hypovolemic shock which is caused by a reduction of blood volume and fluids.
Septic shock results when gram negative bacteria overwhelms the cell wall. There are no obvious symptoms for diagnosing septic shock.Silky
- Term used to describe healthy feathers.Squab
- A young pigeon from 1 to 30 days of age.Squeaker
- A young pigeon just learning to eat by itself.Stargazing
- When a bird turns it's head upside down and stares upward.
- Fleshy cover on the nostrils behind the upper beak.
- A pigeon that is not a year old.