Superdove #2020

Superdove By Courtney Humphries Superdove Why do we see pigeons as lowly urban pests and how did they become such common city dwellers Courtney Humphries traces the natural history of the pigeon recounting how these shy birds that once made
  • Title: Superdove
  • Author: Courtney Humphries
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  • Page: 338
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  • Superdove By Courtney Humphries Why do we see pigeons as lowly urban pests and how did they become such common city dwellers Courtney Humphries traces the natural history of the pigeon, recounting how these shy birds that once made their homes on the sparse cliffs of sea coasts came to dominate our urban public spaces While detailing this evolution, Humphries introduces us to synanthropy The concept tWhy do we see pigeons as lowly urban pests and how did they become such common city dwellers Courtney Humphries traces the natural history of the pigeon, recounting how these shy birds that once made their homes on the sparse cliffs of sea coasts came to dominate our urban public spaces While detailing this evolution, Humphries introduces us to synanthropy The concept that animals can become dependent on humans without ceasing to be wild they can adapt to the cityscape as if it were a field or a forest.Superdove simultaneously explores the pigeon s cultural transformation, from its life in the dovecotes of ancient Egypt to its service in the trenches of World War I, to its feats within the pigeon racing societies of today While the dove is traditionally recognized as a symbol of peace, the pigeon has long inspired a different sort of fetishistic devotion from breeders, eaters, and artists and from those who recognized and exploited the pigeon s astounding abilities Because of their fecundity, pigeons were symbols of fertility associated with Aphrodite, while their keen ability to find their way home made them ideal messengers and even pilots Their usefulness largely forgotten, today s pigeons have become as ubiquitous and reviled as rats But Superdove reveals something surprising By using pigeons for our own purposes, we humans have changed their evolution And in doing so, we have helped make pigeons the ideal city dwellers they are today In the tradition of Rats, the book that made its namesake rodents famous, Superdove is the fascinating story of the pigeon s journey from the wild to the city the home they ll never leave.
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    1. Courtney Humphries

      Courtney Humphries is a freelance journalist and author who writes about ideas and developments in science, health, and culture for publications such as the Boston Globe, Technology Review, New Scientist, Nature, Science, Wired, and Harvard Magazine She s the author of Superdove How the Pigeon Took Manhattan.And the World, a natural history of pigeons published by Smithsonian Books.

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