Could you elaborate more on pigeons or doves as pets? I've been wanting to get a bird, but I hadn't considered those; I was mostly trying to decide between a cockatiel or a parakeet.
yo, mod csilla here. i own some pigeons.
pigeons/doves are definitely easier to take care of than parrots. they arent as loud or demanding and dont need a buncha fancy toys. they can be pretty sweet and cuddly if you find one with the right personality. my first pigeon was a baby feral that had fallen out of her nest. i raised her and she would spend all day just napping on my shoulder. or, in the case of her grandson, you get a horny little hellion who does nothing but strut in circles and coo at the cockatiel all day. and when he does come to sit on my shoulder he pecks my face if i look at him. then has the audacity to stare at me pitifully from behind the wiring of his cage when i throw him back outside.
im not the best in describing things but you can make a pretty sweet pigeon home out of a big guinea pig/rabbit cage. they like flat surfaces and platforms to sit on. make sure they have lots of room to dance. they also like to have boxes to nest in. you can give them some bird toys but i can 90% guarantee you that if you see them “playing” with them theyre really just attacking them for being in the way. (that being said, malphas - the above-mentioned hellion - does seem to like playing with a little cat ball with a bell in it. hes a weirdo)
if you have any other questions hit me up at faizebeleth