I haven’t finished it yet, but I’ve been really enjoying this book called Superdove: How The Pigeon Took Over Manhattan…And The World by Courtney Humphries.

The book smashes a lot of misconceptions I had about pigeons (which is actually just a common name for a variety of birds in a huge family tree) and it introduces me to how pigeons are viewed as delicacies, prized birds, and huge money-makers in certain parts of the world. In a way, the book really reminds me of how my view of rats changed after reading Rats by Robert Sullivan (another fantastic book if you need something to read and love historical non-fiction centered around rodents).

If you’re curious to expand your knowledge of pigeons and to understand how they became “city birds”, then pick up Superdove now for just $20.