The best known bird in the world / by Chris Maynard

What’s the most familiar wild bird in the world? The pigeon. Its native home is Europe but has spread to cities all over the world. Since most people live in cities they see pigeons on the sidewalks, wires, and parks. They might pick up a feather and wonder about its qualities. For many urbanites, this might be their sole connection with feathers.

This is one reason why I like to work with pigeon feathers. They aren’t very colorful and don’t have a lot in the way of patterns but they are great in black and white. Especially their tails, each with the band of grey in the middle.

Want a small something to search for on your travels? I am planning a piece of feather art using pigeon tail feathers from every large city in the world. So pick up a dropped pigeon tail feather you find from Moscow to Buenos Aires, stick it between pages of a book and when you get home or during your travels send it to me: 8211 Ayer St. Olympia, WA 98501 USA