Project Orcon

Project Orcon

Originally Project Pigeon but later renamed Project Orcon (for “organic control”) was another stage in the early development of surveillance pigeons. During WWII it was discovered that pigeons had a natural ability to track and identify. Thanks to an American...
Robotic Bird Surveillance

Robotic Bird Surveillance

Robotic bird surveillance has been made possible by decades of biotechnological advances. Pigeons have been engrained in the urban environment as the pest of the city streets but these organisms have been exploited for their traits. Aren’t pigeons quite strange?...
Why does a pigeon coo?

Why does a pigeon coo?

We’re all very familiar with the unnatural sound of a pigeon. The coo. That sort of soft vibration that echoes out from beneath the railway bridge. However. A little known fact is the word COO is not derived from the sound a pigeon makes. It is actually an acronym for...
Timeline Of The Spy Pigeon

Timeline Of The Spy Pigeon

Sit down and get comfy for some pigeon education. If you didn’t believe before, you will now. 1903 – The Invention Surprisingly, pigeon surveillance came almost as early as the camera. A German pharmacist named Julius Neubronner used pigeons as messengers. To...
Government Pigeon

Government Pigeon

Happy Easter / Happy Pesach One celebrates life, the other celebrates freedom and that is our theme for today for our government pigeon. What’s the use in government surveillance? What are the cameras and the recordings all for? Why go to the trouble of bioengineering...
The disaster of Notre-Dame

The disaster of Notre-Dame

Congregation to conflagration. Earlier this week we all heard the devastating news about Notre-Dame. Now we will extinguish the mystery behind the cover up. Our government insiders inform us that a surveillance drone malfunctioned, overheated and caught alight, in a...
New Model of Black Pigeon adds Stealth to Surveillance

New Model of Black Pigeon adds Stealth to Surveillance

We often get asked why are pigeons grey with such distinct feather pattern. The answer is disruptive camouflage against the urban backdrop. A hidden pigeon makes for a stealthy pigeon. This theory was originally developed by the military for going into battle....
Pigeon Drone – The Surveillance Technology

Pigeon Drone – The Surveillance Technology

The concept of government surveillance pigeons is a tough one. They walk like pigeons, squawk like pigeons, and everything we’ve grown up believing about pigeons is a lie. It’s no surprise that we hear “i kILLeD A rOboT pIgEon aNd iT wAsN’t mEtAL. Well no shit, an...
New Neighbourhood Watch Signs in London

New Neighbourhood Watch Signs in London

New neighbourhood watch signs have started appearing in local London boroughs. The original meerkat design has been around for decades however very little has changed, as you can see below. The new pigeon design takes clear inspiration from the look-out meerkats....
Were pigeons behind the Gatwick drone incident?

Were pigeons behind the Gatwick drone incident?

One of the UK’s largest airports, Gatwick Airport, was closed for 33 hours earlier this week due to a drone allegedly flying above the runway. While the police, government and media have made claims of environmental activists, drone enthusiasts, and even Russian spies...