Why don’t we ever see baby crows, sparrows, and pigeons?

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Why don't we ever see baby crows, sparrows, and pigeons?

John Margetts

Votes: 7842

Why don’t I see sparrows in England anymore?

There are a lot less sparrows to see. This is a result of less food being available to them, a reduction in suitable nesting sites and a large increase in the number of cats. There are also other reasons contributing to the decline but I think those the main reasons.

Bert Twinhills

Votes: 8910

A few weeks ago I found a tiny baby sparrow outside, its wing seemed broken, he was frightened and very skinny. I took him home and put him in a warm box. The first week I gave him wet catfood, which he loved. After a few days his body began got swollen. I researched and diagnosed him with ruptured air sac. Twice I let the air out by a needle through his skin. If I had not done this he would have died because the injury strangled him. After a couple of days his body did not puff anymore.

Meanwhile I noticed that he completely imprinted on me. When I open his cage he flies to my shoulder. He responds when I walk by the cage. I gave him a larger cage, 2 meters wide, i meter height. I let him out several times a day, he sits on my shoulder while I do my thing at home. He even sleeps in my neck.

My sparrow never learned what living outside is, he doesnt know how to find food and thinks cats are his friend because I happen to have the sweetest cat ever. It dawns on me I cannot set him free outside. At this moment he still is a child, still half cottony. He loves to be fed by me, but he can eat now on his own since two days ago.

I have to admit his character is very funny, he is very active, playful, cute. When I sing along with the radio he starts singing too, with some sounds canaries make too. He finds accessories like a necklace, bracelets and earrings superinteresting. But a bandaid on my finger is also very fascinating to him, pulling and biting on it endless. Even my headphone cables are fun to him. He can peck really hard and mean also. When he dislikes something he’ll peck me like hell. He also pecked me in my eyeballs twice. It hurts, and I must be careful not to let him near my face. He is ultra rapid.

I wonder if I can put another bird in the cage to socialize with. I have no idea?! It should be a calm little bird…

Another idea is to bring him eventually to the city farm, where he can live in aviary I hope. I did this with previous wounded birds who healed but were not fit to survive in their own.

Here some images

Here he is wounded with a ruptured air sac, basically its air under his skin. This appeared after a couple of days I took him inside. It looks horrible, I was shocked and considered to take him out of his misery.

Starting to play with cables…

Me working at home with birdy on my shoulder. I must use towels against his poops 🙁

I made a cage from a furniture I got for free.

Sleeping under my beard.

He loves shiny stuff!

His favorite spot

Kathy Barber

Votes: 6150

Baby birds without feathers can’t fly and stay in the nest under their parents care. They grow quickly and once they are fully feathered, they are ready to fledge and leave the nest…sometimes with a kick in the rear from parents or siblings. So by the time they are flying around, they are young, but almost the size of the average adult.

Jerry Sorrell

Votes: 157

Why don’t pigeons associate with ducks?

Pigeons don’t associate with ducks because when something is wrong and you’re hurting you want someone that’s experienced and knows what they are doing. Ducks are quacks. They don’t have peckers and all you’ll get out of dealing with them is a bill.

Peter Francis Joseph DeFazio

Votes: 4936

On the contrary, sometimes one does see these baby birds you mentioned.

For example, I once saw a crow chick on the ground, beneath a tall tree with a crow’s nest in it. This bird had not yet fledged and the mother crow was feeding it on the ground. I do not know what its prospects for survival were.

Quite some time ago, I encountered a pigeon nest that had eggs, on the ledge outside my apartment. I watched the mother pigeon diligently sitting on her nest for hours at a time, and did indeed witness newly hatched pigeon chicks.

Lastly, on at least two occasions, I have seen dead sparrow chicks that had apparently climbed out of their nest only to fall to their deaths.

If you would like to watch baby crows, please check out Steve Bartlett’s video, “A Crow’s Nest As You Have Never Seen Before,” at Crow’s Nest – Promo. And Sarah Winnicki has posted a video depicting a nesting sparrow, titled “Nest Cam Compilation 2: Grasshopper Sparrow Parental Care.” The video can be accessed at Nest Cam compilation 2: Grasshopper Sparrow parental care.

I hope this helps!

Marc Lerigo

Votes: 6767

Yeah about that,I think you’ll find the chicks of those birds and most of the other types of the species of bird chicks are quite happy sat in their nice,usually warm and cozy nests,that’s where they’ll be mate so unless you take the time to explore their habitat,climb trees and rummage in hedges you probably won’t see them until theyre fully fledged birds and have flown the nest where over the course of several weeks they will grow their adult feathers. Now I don’t advise you looking for these nests,especially the corvine or the crow family if you like as the species nests are usually high up.

I don’t advise you look up heights for these fledgelings because I’m worried you will fall and break your neck,god no,I’m more worried about you disturbing the nest or what’s inside. If you are adamant on seeing this transition from nest to flight for these young birds map the nest sites,maybe take a camera and sit and watch from a distance as not to disturb the young as they are still dependent on their parents for food at this point.

You will see the young take their first tentative flight which is always precarious at first and fraught with danger mostly as the birds make their leap of faith almost from the nest. It does happen obviously so sometimes take a step back,survey your surroundings in their environment and you will see at some point this almost magical transition from egg to bird,always a delight to behold,just takes awareness and patience on your part okay.

Maitland McDonagh

Votes: 3821

What makes crows unique among birds?

Not just crows, but all corvids—including ravens and jackdaws—are extremely smart and they’re not only problem-solvers. They share information. Multiple studies have shown that once one corvid in a flock acquires a skill, the rest of the flock can do the same thing within a matter of days. That’s unusual—it isn’t flocking behavior; each individual acquires skills that aren’t instinctive and which he or she can take away and share.

Mercedes R. Lackey

Votes: 4578

Since when do pigeons start living in buildings? If they can, then why not crows and other birds do that like pigeons and sparrows in crowded cities?

Pigeons (technically Rock Doves) roost inside buildings because in the wild they roost inside caves and under cliff ledges. Pigeons also roost on windowsills in cities, which are the nearest analogue to cliff ledges.

Crows and other birds do not do this because they never roost inside; they always build nests in treetops.

Catrina Jines

Votes: 562

We do. I’ve seen newly hatched pigeons and sparrows. I must confess that I have not seen a newly hatched crow. Crows keep their young ones in a nest until they can fly

Stefan Pociask

Votes: 5451

I grew up eating pigeons in the 60’s, in New York State. I used to help my dad raise Racing Pigeons. We always had a couple dozen or so. The slow ones would go in the pot! I can’t believe that any of the people here answering that pigeons taste terrible, have ever actually eaten any. Or… they just don’t like duck. Pigeons taste like duck. Dark, moist, and fatty (but not as fatty). Delicious! But we usually had them in soup. They make a great broth, or just added to chicken soup. Mmmm… good stuff! Ours were very similar to regular old city pigeons. Except for the fact that we fed them only nice rich corn and feed. I used to fight my sisters to get the little pigeon heart in the soup. That was the prize!

Having said that, so much of this is cultural. My parents, for instance, were refugees from WWII Europe. Both of them virtually grew up in wartime Europe. Other cultures think nothing of eating dried salted crickets by the handful, as snacks. When I was in Korea, dried squid was available in every corner store and children look forward to it like candy. Frogs are eaten in other countries quite frequently. Even lamb is eaten in certain European countries far more than in the US. Eyeballs, blood, offal… all these things are common in certain cultures, and rejected by others.

Tami Skarin

Votes: 3941

Baby crows remain in the nest where they are safe from predators until they are able to fly. They grow quickly and when they leave the nest they are fairly close to the parents in size. The exception to this is when there are storms or high winds that might knock them out if the nest. My brother found a baby crow in the road one time just beginning to get pin feathers. This baby was weak and had an empty crop. There had been a storm the day before and it appeared the nest had been knocked down. The parents were nowhere to be seen. My brother hand raised “Sam” and it was an experience we all will remember. Sam became a member of the family. He learned to talk clearly and loved to tease the dogs by imitating my mother’s voice calling the dogs to go outside. They would come running, fooled every time by Sam’s perfect mimicry! When they came running, Sam would laugh raucously at the joke he played on them! He also lived to taunt them with a piece of choice meat from his lunch. Snatching it away from them just as they tried to reach for it. Sam constantly demonstrated his intelligence and sense of humor. He loved to play ball and would bounce a small super ball back and forth fir as long as you wanted to play with him! As incredible as it was to have experienced knowing Sam, I don’t recommend taking any animal out if the wild and making them a pet. We can never meet all their needs or give them the life they might have with their own kind in the wild.

Elizabeth Blano

Votes: 1192

Crows and Pigeons have both demonstrated an ability to recognize human faces. Of course, crows are far more intelligent overall than pigeons, but to clarify.. pigeons are also pretty awesome birds in their own rights too!

Having said that: crows often prey on young/injured/vulnerable pigeons to kill and eat them. Pigeons tend to steer clear of crows, but pigeons are also trusting birds and don’t react too negatively to crows until sometimes it’s too late. Unless a crow is hungry or feeling testy enough that day to pick on a pigeon, they typically stay away from one another as a whole. They do not like to socialize or be friends with each other (they rather go their separate ways), but there isn’t too much intense animosity between these two birds overall.

Andie Lenhard

Votes: 482

Birds stay in the nest until they are fully fledged out and as large as their parents. They do not continue to grow in size after leaving the nest.

Gigi J Wolf

Votes: 4573

Your question reminded me of the baby pigeon that had been pushed, or fallen, out of the nest, when I was in fifth grade. I scooped him up, and took him inside.

I don’t think he was hurt, but once I’d touched him, his mom didn’t want him anymore. I never reacted like this when someone held my son when he was a baby.

I put the baby pigeon under a pillow on my bed, and I sat on him. I can’t remember why I did this; maybe I was just imitating the mother. Every time I got up, he’d set up a fuss like you wouldn’t believe, until I sat down again.

My sitting must have been interrupted by having to go to school, but I’d sit on him whenever I could. Finally, he grew big enough to not need the pillow anymore.

He became my pet pigeon, and didn’t seem to want to leave home. He stayed around the house and yard, and I even took him to school for Show and Tell.

I don’t think any other animal ever tried to attack him, including dogs.

Vijyu R

Votes: 3168

Why don’t other birds come closer to the human dwellings as do the sparrows and crows?

I am living in Bengaluru city (Bangalore was the British name) of Karnataka in India and despite being in a Concrete jungle, we have a small garden in our house and we have many other trees on the roadsides with some parks and artificial lakes.

Near our house itself we can see :

Lost Literati

Votes: 3722

Some do, I have tried Sparrow Medallions (breasts) battered and deep fried, they were tasty.

Most people don’t eat sparrows or other birds such as pigeons because it’s not main stream food, however things do change. Lobster was once considered poor man’s food, in fact lobster was used to feed prisoners. The same can be said about tuna, which had a poor reputation until the “chicken of the sea” advertising campaign turned the public’s perception around.

The House Sparrow is an invasive species here in the United States, competing with native species for food and nesting sites. Perhaps a few good recipes would help this problem and feed many.

A bird saved my life once….

Really? How?

I ate it.

Vee Ward

Votes: 9027

My guess is that they don’t leave a nest until they are big enough to be confused with other age groups of the birds.

Scott Randolph

Votes: 3444

Have you ever eaten pigeon?

When I first lived in Taiwan, I went to a KFC in Huwei (which had three floors that stayed PACKED 24/7). There was a picture on the menu (I spoke limited Chinese at the time) that showed a chicken sandwich.

I approached the counter and asked for it. The order taker went to get the manager because she couldn’t understand. The manager came, explained in broken English that the sandwich was dark meat, and asked if that was ok with me. She explained that they did not sell any white meat chicken (apparently, they send it all to America!).

I expressed my concern to my brother in law that night, and he

Swarnika Maharjan

Votes: 2729

Do pigeons eat baby quail?

Pigeons are mostly vegetarian, except for the small bugs that they eat. I don’t think that pigeons would eat baby quail if they encountered baby quail. They would most likely avoid the babies.

-Swarnika ^w^

Caroline Ailanthus

Votes: 4008

Why are sparrows, pigeons, and crows mostly found in the areas inhabited by humans and not so in the wild?

Because the ones in wild places don’t want to be found by you.

But it is a little more complicated, I admit.

If by “pigeon” you mean the kind often found in cities (there are lots of pigeon species) these are semi-domestic birds originally from Europe. Unless you’re in Europe and spot one of their wild ancestors, you won’t see them very far from human habitation for the same reason you won’t see a lot of feral cats too far from humans. We ARE their natural habitat.

Some sparrow species, though not domesticated, have been introduced to various places by humans—English sparrows come to mind here in

John Reynolds

Votes: 7596

Why don’t we feed crows the same we do pigeons?

Apparently because we don’t want to. I think the biggest difference between crows and pigeons, at least from the perspective of familiarity with humans, is that you can mistreat pigeons and they’ll keep coming back. Crows, on the other hand, are far more careful and wary than pigeons. Mistreat a crow, and studies show they’ll remember you for generations. Crows can recognize individual humans (Friend or Foe? Crows Never Forget a Face, It Seems) and if you are able to entice them to come eat, they will keep coming back.

If you want to feed crows or any corvid, find a place where the plague of im

Tomas Murphy

Votes: 8712

Has anyone ever seen a baby pigeon? Are they real?



Why o…


Yes. Babby Pijins are real (yes, intentional mispelling. I’m in a frivolous mood).

The main reason you don’t often see them is the same reason you don’t often see other baby birds. They are small, often spend a lot of time in the nest until they have the necessary feathers to fly (by which points they just look like slightly smaller pigeons). The reason the media doesn’t often display them is that they are ugly as sin.

Here is a link to an article on why they are rarely seen, in a more professional fashion:

Why don’t you ever see baby pigeons?

And here are some ugly Baby Pigeons.

Sean KernanJan PastyrikStephanie Pratt

Votes: 4995

Are there any animals that don’t sleep? Which ones?

The funny thing is that scientists aren’t entirely sure why humans need to sleep. We know it accelerates recovery. But we also recover when we are awake too.

There are a good number of species that don’t sleep.

Spiders don’t. They just continue on in perpetuity, waiting for a prey to fall into their lap.

I suspect that spider isn’t smiling, but that’s just me.

The most interesting non-sleepers are Dol

Yosey Huff

Votes: 7499

Why don’t you ever see baby Eagles?

You must not be looking for them.

Stay away until you absolutely have to go home.

An adult is easy to spot due to its white head and tail. The white head and tail do not come until they are about five years-old. Adult bald eagles[1]

Juvenile/young bald eagles are often mistaken for golden eagles as they do not have their white heads and tails yet. Here are some juvenile bald eagles[2]

There are bald eagle nesting cams online (Live HD Nest Cams) where you can watch everything that happens in a bald eagle nest, like this female and her eaglets[3]


Karen Saxton

Votes: 6349

How do you see city birds like sparrows as a good thing?

I love urban wildlife watching. It is a reassurance that despite man, wildlife will find a niche in the worst locations. I have spotted black tailed train bearers in downtown Quito. A golden backed Weaver was building a nest cluster(no females in sight) next to a small cafe in an industrial part of Arusha. In Phenom Penh I found tons of butterflies in a small patch of weeds adjacent to the docks meant for industrial ships. There is a Vermillion flycatcher in the park in Eugene Oregon right now(a long ways from home, for that little bird). Cities with parks, and even tiny green spaces can and d

Mercedes R. Lackey

Votes: 8225

Why aren’t there any baby pigeons anywhere?

You are totally incorrect. There are baby pigeons everywhere. Pigeons are one of the most prolific bird species on the planet.

Just try doing an image search for “pigeon nest” and you will see how wrong you are.

Mercedes R. Lackey

Votes: 5218

Are any other birds as good or better survivors than house sparrows?

European starlings, grackles and rock doves (common pigeons) are probably just as good.

Gwyn McVay

Votes: 8281

Are pigeons closely related to crows and ravens?

Not even, no. They’re both birds, but that’s as far as it goes. Corvids include birds such as these:

… but not so much with the pigeons.

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