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Pigeon Dissection || Birds of a Feather

How do pigeons fly? Learn how to dissect a pigeon in this video, which also covers its external and internal anatomy and physiology. In this simple dissection of a pigeon, you’ll learn various parts of its anatomy, what adaptations they have to fly, and what’s interesting about the avian respiratory system.

Pigeons are a very interesting animal because they can fly, just like most other birds. Their anatomy has a lot of exciting features in order to adapt for flight. Their respiratory system in particular are fascinating to learn about! Also, did you know that pigeons have a pouch-like organ to store food? In this video, you’ll learn general information about pigeons, which will be tied into its anatomical structures.

This dissection lab is for anyone who is curious about pigeon anatomy, wants to cover pigeon anatomy for a zoology course, missed the pigeon dissection during biology class, or just wondered, “What’s inside a pigeon?”. The video will teach you how to dissect a pigeon step by step, and review the external and internal anatomy of the pigeon.

In this video, we’ll cover the following structures:

Feather Heart

Beak Esophagus

Tongue Crop

Eye Proventriculus

Nostril Gizzard

Cloaca Intestine

Pectoralis muscles Liver

Keel Pancreas

Lungs Kidney

Air sacs Gonads (ovary)


If you want to learn more about pigeon anatomy, here’s a link to a website with more detailed information, as well as diagrams:

If you have any questions regarding pigeon anatomy, dissection methodology, or general biology, feel free to leave a comment. We'll try our best to reply.


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