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An iconic item to the beautiful New York city is the famous population of pigeons. It is no secret that pigeons have made New York City their home of interest, however the question as to why still lurks. Cheddar News were on the hunt to find the answers as to how millions of pigeons specifically flock to New York City.

These pigeons, or also known as so-called “rats with wings”, are offensive New York residents, however, they are also beloved by others. "Pigeons and New Yorkers: it’s a relationship that dates back centuries, and, like most New York City relationships…it’s complicated. Some hate them while others can’t get enough of them. But who’s right?”

According to findings by Cheddar News, the typical New York City pigeon is a known rock dove which has been brought over by French ships back in the 17th Century. These birds were faithful navigators who delivered messages for centuries. They also spoke with a local pigeon experts, Tina Piña Trachtenberg, Michael Scott of Pigeons on Broadway, and workers with Standard Pest Management to learn more about these winged city residents

“Why has the pigeon taken to New York and other cities around the world so easily while other animals tend to flee? The answer is the city itself. Tall buildings, ledges, statues, and bodeg overhangs. Pigeons more than a lot of other urban animals because they naturally are cliff dwellers, so they prefer rocks and ledges and concrete to trees. So even if there are trees, they prefer to walk around on the sidewalk.”

Watch the interesting documentary on the life of pigeons in New York.

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