Common Imperial Pigeon
|Common Imperial Pigeon|
|Official Name||Common Imperial Pigeon|
|Common Nicknames||City Pigeon, Common Pigeon, Pigeon|
|Habitat||Major Cities in Corontium, Daen and Essalonia|
Throughout the many Major Cities which cover the land of Aloria, the most recurring animal is the Common Imperial Pigeon. It has made itself known due to the abundant amount of flocks which inhabit every nook and cranny of a populated city. The Common Imperial Pigeon has been around since the first days of the Regalian Empire. They have made their presence known as an invasive species and have little to no benefits to an ecosystem. Decades have passed since they’ve cultivated into the birds they are now, and have not grown short in numbers either.
The first recordings of the Common Imperial Pigeon can date back to the first days of the Regalian Empire, and possibly the earlier Regalian Kingdom. Flocks of these birds were present on the Crown Isle around the era of the Cataclysm when a few records mention an unnamed species referred to by a variety of annoyance-derived nicknames. They were not as frequently found back then though and existed throughout the Isles small towns and settlements. When buildings and towers were constructed in place of the forests which used to cover the Crown Isle, the Common Imperial Pigeon found it easier to adapt to their new urban environment than to migrate elsewhere. While the Pigeons did have predators at the time, their population grew due to them finding protection in hidden alcoves that the architecture in early Regalia provided. There were numerous attempts to get rid of the Pigeons when they turned into a nuisance, but no efforts were successful. Hired falconers found even their trained hawks couldn’t get rid of them. Some also found their way onto ships, either in hiding or simply using them as a rest spot while some overseas merchants had the idea of caging flocks of these birds and releasing them elsewhere. These different factors then allowed the bird to spread to other major ports, most recently the largest settlements of the New Ceardian Colonies in Essalonia. While they haven’t caused a dramatic amount of damage to the wellbeing of cities in more recent years, their presence has certainly presented more issues than anything positive they could provide.
While they aren’t as big as other bird species, the Common Imperial Pigeons still have a formidable size for what they are. Adult Pigeons can grow up to the size of an average Ailor head, if not slightly bigger. They have a wingspan that can range between twenty to thirty inches which are large enough to allow them to fly for miles on end. Common Imperial Pigeons can range in size depending on the size of their habitat with bigger Pigeons thriving in bigger cities, and the runt of their species in smaller towns or hamlets. The larger Common Imperial Pigeons can weigh up to sixteen ounces while the smallest of their kind are around eight ounces. All Common Imperial Pigeons have distinguishable gray feathers, with a tint of green and sometimes magenta on the nape of their neck. Their feathers have black stripes which run through the tip of their wings and tails which also help identify them. They have small, slightly curved beaks that stick to the monochrome colors their feathers have. The beaks of these pigeons are meant for eating small food such as seeds, berries, and insects.
Due to the abundance of Common Imperial Pigeons, its ratio of males and females can be random. It isn’t easy to separate male pigeons from their female counterparts, other than the fact male pigeons sport wider necks, breasts, and have longer wings. The size of a Common Imperial Pigeon is universal with smaller communities having tinier Pigeons while larger cities such as Regalia have more abundant flocks full of larger birds. All Common Imperial Pigeons have the same appearance regardless of where they are.
Life Span and Development
The Common Imperial Pigeon can live up to fifteen years depending on the leniency of the intelligent inhabitants of the cities they flourish in. They are born in nests which are typically located on top of high ledges or buildings where female pigeons decide to lay their eggs. Adult female Common Imperial Pigeons can lay up to three eggs after around twelve days since they’ve last mated. They can reproduce as early as when they are seven months old. Both male and female Common Imperial Pigeons look the same from birth up until they mature where female pigeons have a slimmer build and males visually appear bulkier.
The Common Imperial Pigeon remains a wild animal, although they are less afraid of the residents of the cities they reside in due to most of the people who interact with them do no more than throw food at them. They aren’t hostile towards people, choosing to fly away should they be put in harm's way. They are a simple-minded animal which do no more than peck at the ground and group up in the streets of cities.
Territory and Groupings
Many flocks of Common Imperial Pigeons find themselves grouping up on the streets and roofs of the cities they live in. Pigeons aren’t territorial due to the abundance of possible homes depending on the size of the city or town they take up residence in. They don’t tend to migrate from the cities they live in, which is why many complain about their large presence in modern society. Pigeons will even stay for years inside a settlement, even if it has been long abandoned. From what people have seen, they are more of a social bird regarding how many can be spotted in one spot.
- It has become common practice to throw any pieces of food you have towards any Common Imperial Pigeons you see even if it is frowned upon. You can find many people who often throw chunks of bread or crackers to groups of pigeons who all dogpile towards any food thrown towards them. It comes from the urban legend that if you give a Pigeon food, it won’t relieve itself on you or your property.
- Some people attempt to keep Common Imperial Pigeons as pets. They don’t realize the difficulty it takes to control them and to prevent them from inviting any more uninvited guests to your house.
- Many children who grow in urban environments have adopted the insult “pigeon” which is used to berate someone they deem annoying. This started due to the obvious problems which Common Imperial Pigeons have caused just by roaming around in cities.