National Geographic : 1926 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © International Press Photograph A PIGEON WITH A CIIINISE WIIISTII The whistles are of two types, one consisting of bamboo tubes placed side by side, the other based on the principle of tubes attached to a gourd. Though they look clumsy, they are very light, and are attached to the tails of young pigeons by means of a fine copper wire. When the bird flies, the wind blows through the whistles and sets them vibrating. The Chinese explain their love of this aerial music by saying that the sounds keep the flock together and frighten off birds of prey. second family before the first is grown. 'The female pigeon sits on the eggs from late afternoon until mid-morning. The male bird assumes the responsibility for the remaining hours. After the young come the male parent is by far the best provider. The squabs are fed in a most unusual way. The par ents eat first, digest the food, then re gurgitate it for the young. At first this food looks like milk, and is often called "pigeon milk," but as the squabs grow older the food hardens, and just before they leave the nest, whole, undigested grains are fed to them. Pigeons should he fed hard, whole, dry grains, and grit and fresh water should be kept before them constantly. In warm weather they should be given baths. No matter how hot or cold the ;'N'