A white pigeon lives in my local park and seeing him always brightens my day, even if it is cold and I am on my way to work.
The current resident is probably one of a long line of white-plumed rock doves - rock dove being another name for pigeon - because I have seen him, or his ancestors, there for several years.
I have often meant to investigate the symbolism associated with white pigeons. When I finally got around to doing a bit of web searching on the subject I found the information was quite sparse.
Some sites say that white pigeons are, in fact, doves. Other sites say that pigeons, although related to doves, are a bit larger and are feral, so not the same thing even when they are white.
Doves are most famous for being the bird that, in Christian legends, Noah released from his ark. It returned bearing an olive branch and now symbolises peace.
In America, doves are sometimes released at weddings as a ritual to ensure the couple will remain true to each other. Pigeons mate for life and are extremely fertile, often raising several broods each year, so they are an appropriate symbol for a marriage ceremony. The dove is also associated with the fertility goddess Astarte.
According to The Mystical World Wide Web: "A lone white pigeon seen sitting on the chimney is not a good sign as it is associated with death." Doves can sometimes represent the soul or spirit and releasing one at a funeral symbolises the deceased flying on swiftly to the next life.
Here is a link to an excellent website with information on folklore surrounding pigeons and other birds: http://tailsofbirding.blogspot.com/2007_02_01_archive.html.
If you know any more mythology associated with white pigeons, I would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment on my blog.