View image of Pigeons pigeons everywhere and not a baby in sight (Credit: Free Casters/CC by 2.0) This seems utterly bizarre, considering how pigeons are basically everywhere you look. Naysayers out there might argue that the pigeon is more of a pre-teen than a baby, but judging by the fluffiness of its feathers it’s definitely not a full adult pigeon. So when squabs finally fly the nest they are fully grown and virtually indistinguishable from adults. And only last month, Judi Mcintosh encountered a baby pigeon – “half feathered and half fluffy” – en route to the compost heap at the bottom of her garden in Hampshire, UK. This basically means that pigeons go out of their way to hide their nests from prying eyes. We address the pressing question as one may have been spotted in Vauxhall. “The more affluent pigeon parents tend to rent high-end private maternity coops to give birth,” suggests Thomas Keith. This seems utterly bizarre, considering how pigeons are basically everywhere you look. why? Sometimes when you’re not feeling fab the only course of action is hide out in your bedroom. If you are fond of bird watching then you must have noticed that baby pigeons are not easily seen. Their tastes might be a little more cosmopolitan, but when it comes to reproduction they still take after their wild rock dove ancestors, which are very secretive when it comes to situating their nests. Offbeat — 29 May 2013. Posted by. Those grey, white, black and brown-feathered friends that sit or walk, bobbing their heads, on pavements, walls, parapets and buildings cooing sweetly, raining down their excrement and odd feather. It’s a nice idea. For most of us, it’s a resounding no. 5 years ago. Answer (1 of 13): Whilst you may not have seen a baby pigeon it is very likely that you have seen a very young pigeon with its parents. “It was wonderful,” she says. Alison Goggin has only ever seen baby pigeons once, “in a crack in the stone stairs” at Carmarthen Castle in Wales. Since we don’t often enter such spaces, we don’t often get to see the contents of a pigeon’s nest. Which, given the abundance of pigeons, begs the question why? That's why you never see baby pigeons unless you have a loft. Menu We also did a little research ourselves. We see them old and hobbling, mature and wise, young and a little foolish, playing a game of proverbial chicken with the oncoming traffic. Hey – we’ve all been there. But as Jennifer Austin, Kelly Mahan and others are correct to point out, the answer is rooted in the origin of the pigeon itself. Fledgling pigeons are everywhere, but they are not easy to identify, as many of you appreciated. A baby pigeon won’t have the shiny green color around its neck yet and its wattle, which is above its beak, will still be a pinkish color, rather than the white you’d see on a full-grown pigeon. However, whilst swans and ducks can be seen out with their young whilst the babies are very young, pigeons keep their young away from prying eyes and predators until they are older and more able to cope with danger. Fledgling pigeons are everywhere, but they are not easy to identify. In this picture are 2 young pigeons also known as squab, they are approximately 3 weeks old. This is why you never see baby pigeons Have you ever seen a baby pigeon? According to the BBC, feral pigeons (the gross ones we see in cities) are descended from wild rock doves, and share their secretive nature when nesting. Way back when humans spent more time hanging in and around caves, nobody would have batted an eyelid at the sight of a baby pigeon, often called a squab. Read about our approach to external linking. Pigeons grow to a very large size in the nest before they are fledged and able to fly. In spite of the rarity of sighting a baby pigeon, many of you have been lucky. In fact, the excavation of a cave in Gibraltar reveals that Neanderthals were keen on eating pigeons before modern humans even reached Europe. In prehistorical times then, it’s likely that baby pigeons, or squab, were not only often seen, but often on the menu. If you haven’t been asked this earth-shattering question, we’ll repeat it so you have some time to mull it over. Yet we never see their babies. Have you ever seen a baby pigeon? Hence the fact that no one can really claim to have seen a baby pigeon… until now. Gwen Obertuck’s sister, for instance, had a pair of pigeons nesting on her balcony in Germany. “You never know, when you look at a pigeon sitting on a window sill or under a park bench, it might only be a baby in disguise,” writes Brian Waas. The BBC also says that squabs (baby pigeons) stay in their nests for a really long time “as if ashamed of their appearance”. “We had a quiet chat and then I left so that its parents could take over the baby sitting,” she writes. It’s one of the key questions that continues to plague humanity. Throughout my entire life all I have seen has been thousands of fully grown pigeons or their eggs, but i have never seen a baby pigeon. “It was gone when I went back hours later so hope all was well.”, View image of Pigeons pigeons everywhere and not a baby in sight (Credit: Free Casters/CC by 2.0), We asked you, our audience, on social media for your thoughts, View image of Baby pigeons have been described as 'butt ugly' (Credit: Jack Sullivan/Alamy), View image of Two baby pigeons tucked in their nest (Credit: Nishanth Jois/CC by 2.0), View image of Juvenile pigeon lacking green and purple around neck (Credit: Ingrid Taylar/CC by 2.0), View image of An adult pigeon with white cere (Credit: Thomas Quine/CC by 2.0), View image of Adult pigeons have a certain look to them (Credit: Ingrid Taylar/CC by 2.0).