Rex the Wild King
Christina and her family don't know why Rex the Wild King chose their home as his own but he did. They don't have any birds and they didn't feed him. They don't even know where he went to find food but, every day for seven months, he was back looking in at them through their kitchen window.
On February 7th, I got this e-mail from Christina-
It was bittersweet to catch this wild king who had beat the odds and survived out in the world, alone, for at least 7 months. Rex is on the small side for a king and, though not thin, only weighs 473 grams. His (her?) sleek-for-a-king-pigeon build probably helped a lot. Most king pigeons weigh 600-750 grams and their wings can't cope with their oversize frames, making them easy prey for hawks.
Tonight Rex is fostered in my backyard coop. My flock acts like Rex may be a hen.
Peppermint seems especially interested.
With all the king pigeons I've been asked to rescue in the past 3.5 years, this is the first time I've ever heard of one surviving on its own without even a feral pigeon flock for support for so long. Most kings don't last a week out in the wild. I'll want to place Rex in a large aviary where he can fly.
Long live the Rex the Wild King.