Pigeons Coo to Communicate and Mate With Each Other

You probably are not a stranger to the sight of pigeons flying around. Believe it or not, pigeons are one of the most intelligent birds. Their intelligence is partly because of the sounds and noises they make to communicate. But what sounds do pigeons make? 

Cooing and grunting are the most common sounds pigeons make. Baby pigeons squeak and whistle when they need something from a parent, and hiss if they feel threatened by a predator. In addition, pigeons make noises with their wings and feet before takeoff and during flight.

The sounds pigeons make are pretty interesting and give a wonderful insight into how the bird species adapts to various situations. Here’s a thorough dive into the seven sounds and noises pigeons make.

Pigeons Coo to Communicate and Mate With Each Other 

The most familiar noise pigeons make is the cooing sound. You undoubtedly have heard a cooing pigeon, but have you wondered why they make the common sound?

They can use cooing for many reasons, including communicating with other pigeons, mating, and if they need to defend their territory. 

Pigeon's breed throughout the year, so you can hear cooing sounds year-round. While you may listen to the sounds most in the summer, it’s only because the temperatures are warmer for pigeons to be out and about. 

Pigeons will breed up to eight times a year, laying anywhere from 1 to 3 eggs each time. Pigeons can reuse the same nest and may just add new sticks and branches to ensure the nest is sturdy. 

As a fun fact, pigeons' mate for life, so they are set forever once their cooing woos in another pigeon. Ah, true love. However, they will try to find a new mate if their original partner dies. 

Here’s another interesting tidbit about pigeons. If two females cannot find mates, they will pair up together. While the eggs they lay are infertile, it allows them to have a mate still. 

While pigeons coo to find a mate, they also coo as a sign of affection once they have found one. The coos made for love are softer, elongated, and much more relaxed than other signs a pigeon may coo. 

In addition, a pigeon may coo as a human approach because they see you as a potential threat.