A bird has been blamed for the disappearance of a whole bunch poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Canberra.

The poppies were stolen by a pigeon who has spent the past few days making a stunning nest in The Hall of Memory.

Staff had noticed the poppies going awol in early October, but it wasn’t until a few weeks later that a maintenance worker spotted it.

The memorial told the Sydney Morning Herald that the wounded soldier symbolised the quality of “endurance”, and that the nest of poppies was a “reminder of the powerful bond between man and beast on the battlefield”.

Picture: Ian Roach

Historian Dr Meleah Hampton said that pigeons were commonly used in wartime to deliver messages.

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“So pigeons are particularly of use in warfare when you’ve got a couple of men trying to get a message from where they are back to the backline; a pigeon can get that through sometimes when nothing else can.”