Pigeon Pair

NRG, 2021

Nature Series

‘Pigeon Pair’ is an illustration of a pair of pigeons resting on the artists balcony in the city centre of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The background is a typical streetscape of this city with its unique colour palette. The scene includes a modern white apartment building, an older Khmer style apartment with ornate facades, red tiled rooves and high fences.

From NRG’s observations, the male of a pigeon couple will often convince the female that a certain location should be chosen for a nest. He will coo and dance around as part of this decision-making process. Once a nest is established and eggs are laid, the male and female share equal responsibility for raising their brood. Perhaps this is why these birds have been so successful in growing their populations…