A Stroke Of Pigeon Genius

Becci sent me this. It’s a link to a clip from the Nat Geo show I posted about a while back. Cheers, Becci!

Course it only goes on about stuff we already know, like how pigeons are good at remembering shit, like how to get home. As pigeon facts go, I’ve always felt that particular one has been rather blown out of proportion. Lovely though it is to receive a bit of praise, surely navigation to the home is a basic requirement in life generally, regardless of distance?

Imagine a world full of pigeons with no fucking idea where they lived? It’s weird too coz no-one ever bangs on about how mice manage to make it back to the right hole.

What if pigeons really were the only fuckers able to remember their way home? Foxes would be wandering the streets going, “Hmmm, pretty sure I’ve seen this corner before somewhere…” Hundreds of confused badgers roaming the woods asking woodpeckers for directions…

Badger: “‘Scuse me Mr. Woodpecker, would you mind telling me where I live?”

Woodpecker: “Sorry, mate. Can’t hear a word you’re saying.”


That said, this is Linus:

Linus knows how to remember a thousand images. Linus is a pigeon who has reached new heights on the ladder of pigeon genius. Linus clearly disappeared up his own arse a long time ago.

War hero and Jazz maverick Cher Ami gets a mensh too, sadly they omitted to mention the Jazz

Check it out. Click on this link or the pic to watch it.

Fave quote: ‘Pigeons are one of natures most successful creatures’.

Damn straight.

March 23, 2008. Uncategorized.


  1. Becci replied:

    Linus appears to be winking in that picture.

  2. pigeonblog replied:

    Becci. Told you. Right up his anus! Can’t really blame him I suppose. I’d probably be right up there with him if I could remember 1000 images. Up my own, that is. Clearly not joining him up his!
    Your pal

  3. rashbre replied:

    The unit of measure for pigeon genius is PQ, I’m told. Of topic, I think there may be some sort of publicity stunt involving paper pigeons in Leicester Square on Wednesday 😉


  4. pigeonblog replied:

    rasbre: PQ. Like it! And paper pigeons you say? Cheers for the tip off!
    Your pal
    Bri P

  5. Annie Mole replied:

    Love the quote about you lot being nature’s most successful creatures.

    You’re right saying that animals other than pigeons must know how to get home – but I think you must have be able to do it over greater distances.

    BTW Blogging Labour politician Tom Watson isn’t too happy with your mates who weren’t remotely scared by his scarecrow http://www.tom-watson.co.uk/?p=1933 perhaps he should have made a scarepigeon instead?

  6. pigeonblog replied:

    Annie Mole: Just not sure the whole distance thing isn’t overrated. Imagine if you people had distance limitations? Any further North than Watford and you’re fucked!. Imagine that. As for Mr Watson – he should do his research next time. Why on earth might we be scared of a scarecrow, especially one that looks like a freak mutoid dwarf?
    Your pal
    Bri P

  7. RoooRoooo replied:

    PQ in French means papier Q, or papier cul, litarally arse paper or toilet paper… I see the relevance of paper pigeons there but not sure that’s that much of a name though – might no be as glamorous as expected.

  8. pigeonblog replied:

    RoooRoooo: I love the idea of measuring intelligence in arse paper!
    Your pal

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