Underneath as a preposition usually means directly or vertically beneath.
Under as a preposition means beneath and covered by, or below the surface and is for describing a position that’s a bit more generalized than underneath.
For example, pigeons don’t ordinarily nest in or trees.
Instead, they make their homes the roof right outside of somebody’s window. They love buildings.
Underneath as an adverb means below as in at a lower level or on the underside.
As an adverb, the word under is a little less specific than underneath, but it means below something, in a lower place or in a subordinate position or to a lower degree or amount.
their feathers, pigeons have a lovely layer of down that keeps them warm.
In order to remain healthy, pigeons should not eat 30 grams of food per day and this often makes them dependent on humans to feed them.
Underneath as an adjective is always used with “the” and it means on the underside of something.
Under as an adjective means on the underside or in a lower position or degree or subject to control, such as the wizard put someone under a spell. In other words, under as an adjective has about the same meaning as it does as an adverb or preposition but with a slightly different usage depending on the sentence structure.
The part of a pigeon is usually the same color as its breast.
Pigeons are monogamous for life, which means that after a male mates and then builds the female a nest, she is his protection for the rest of her life.
If the conditions are right, pigeons will mate up to 8 times a year, bringing two little squabs into the world each time. The interesting thing about their breeding is that the parents take turns incubating their eggs. Both the male and the female sit and keep the eggs warm them. After the eggs hatch, both parents also produce pigeon milk to feed the squabs.
There are 350 different species of pigeons the scientific name Columbidae. Curiously, of all the animal species in the world, only six that have the ability to recognize their own reflections in a mirror and pigeons are one of them. And pigeons happen to be the only non-mammal ones. Pigeons can also recognize all the letters in the alphabet and can differentiate between people or even photographs of people they know.
There are many theories as to how pigeons manage to return “home” after being released hundreds of kilometers from their nests. Oxford University studied this and concluded that pigeons simply follow the roads them in order to navigate.
Pigeons have excellent eyesight and can concentrate for longer periods of time than humans can. For that reason, some helicopters specialized in ocean rescues have been built with clear chambers them for pigeons, where, if the birds see an orange or red life jacket in the ocean, they can peck a key to inform the pilot. The pigeon gets a treat, and the person lost at sea gets saved.
Pigeons have been used at wartime since before Jesus Christ was born. One particularly important pigeon, named Cher Ami, was awarded the French “Croix de Guerre” for delivering 12 important messages during WWI. She was shot twice on her final mission, but she flew on and delivered the message she was carrying her wounded body. She saved 194 soldiers on that mission alone.
Cher Ami was not the only pigeon to receive a medal for bravery. During WWII, a pigeon named G.I. Joe saved a thousand British soldiers when he carried a message the radar to avoid a bombing of those very soldiers.
Pigeons can also be big business. Recently, a racing pigeon was sold for $132,517.00 to be used as a stud. This 3-year old pigeon was the winner of a long-distance race in which 21,000 other pigeons participated. Before this sale, racing pigeons had always been sold for $100,000.00.
People in the know love pigeons. Queen Elizabeth and Mike Tyson, for example, have pigeon lofts and pigeon keepers. Maurizo Gucci, Elvis Presley and Paul Newman all loved pigeons before their untimely deaths. The Queen’s loft shelters about 160 racing pigeons, and the roof there are special sections for older birds as well as deluxe ladders to keep the younger birds active and social.
After a flight, the pigeons return to their royal homes, which have pretty awnings. Right the awnings are windows and when the pigeons get inside, their electronic leg devices are scanned and a computer calculates their racing time.
You are no obligation to love pigeons, but you should be aware that those feathers lies an intelligence that is in many way similar to yours.
Tattoos have been around for more than 5,000 years. Egyptians, for example, used tattoos to differentiate between peasants and slaves, a kind of social branding. But ink art, which is what some fans like to call tattooing, has really exploded in the past 25 years. But not all of us have succumbed to this fad. And many of us who don’t have a tattoo have a favorite mug. Having a tattoo or becoming attached to a mug are not dissimilar. According to research, 60% of Americans say they have an emotional attachment to a favorite mug. And about 40% said their special mug was irreplaceable, and about 1/3 of those said they would be devastated if it broke. Personally, I think that most of these people don’t have tattoos. Mugs and tattoos are both an extension of our personalities, and both express the way we would like the world to perceive us. That is not to mention, of course, that those of us who have tattoos or mugs are often irrationally attached to them.