Pigeon Symbolism & Spiritual Meanings

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Though some of us may just see pigeons (and doves) mainly as scavenging pests that roam the sidewalk in search of snacks, these common birds actually have some great significance in various cultures. Though they belong to the same family (called Columbidae), pigeons and doves are not quite the same. However, they’re typically seen as interchangeable when it comes to symbolism.

Many people revere pigeons and doves greatly and have for centuries. Different cultures and religions see these birds as powerful symbols of love, peace and other ideologies, which is one reason why it’s helpful to examine what they mean both spiritually and metaphorically.