Fidelity Analysis among Mates of Different Breeds of Columba livia, District Kohat, KPK, Pakistan
Shehzad Zareen, Hameed Ur Rehman, Raqeebullah, Abid Ur Rehman
C. livia (rock pigeons) are monogamous; they do not breed other than their partner. If they are isolated from their partner for long time or one of the partner died then they make a new pair. A total of 32 breeding pairs (64 Pigeons) were reared in an aviary situated at KDA, District Kohat. About 4 breeds of C. livia were included in this study. Behaviour of all birds was recorded to analyze to faithfulness for their mates in a pair. About 8/10(80.00%) Indian Fantails, 3/5(60.00%) English Pouters, 1/7(14.20%) Strasser pigeons and 10/10(100.00%) Racing Homers displayed courtship behavior, 1/10(10.00%) Male Racing homer and 1/10(10.00%). Male Indian Fantail mate with the foreigner female pigeon, showing the unfaithfulness for their partners. Not all the Female pigeon showed a higher rate of fidelity for their opposite partner. Male pigeons are more opportunistic to mate with another female.