Mike Tyson is the Pigeon Whisperer

Oct 14, 2011 at 5:36 p.m. ET

Mike Tyson has dropped his famous name in favor of the more friendly moniker "Pigeon Whisperer."

Mike Tyson

Thanks to a new series of eCards, Mike Tyson "Pigeon Whisperer" can now be sent to your inbox. The former undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World jokes that he's given up his trademark name and now insists on something a little softer. Watch below!

Wearing a red and white silk robe, Mike Tyson starts out with what sounds like, "Merry hi. A little birdie told me it's your birthday." Perhaps this eCard is meant for both the holidays and birthday wishes? Or specifically those oft-neglected folk with a birthday on Christmas!

StarGreetz teases:

Boxing opponents worldwide should be relieved to see the former heavyweight champion is hanging with his feathered-friends. Make no mistake, the bird lover says, "Nobody calls me Mike anymore, or even Mr. Tyson – I am the Pigeon Whisperer."

While the name change may be for the sake of fun, Mike Tyson's love of pigeons is no joke. In 2010, the former boxer launched the Taking on Tyson show on the Animal Planet channel. The series follows Mike Tyson, who grew up raising and breeding the birds, as he competes in pigeon racing.

"The first thing I ever loved in my life was a pigeon. I don't know why...I feel ridiculous trying to explain it," says Mike. "Pigeons are a part of my life. It's a constant with my sanity in a weird way; this is just what I do. If I'm lucky enough to die an old man, I'm going to have birds."

Of course the competition drew the ire of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "It is inherently cruel," PETA said in a statement about Taking on Tyson and pigeon racing. "The birds often end up lost in storms, being injured or just becoming so exhausted that they're unable to fly."

Mike Tyson is in good company at StarGreetz. Other celebrities with eCards available to send to a friend include Jersey Shore castmates DJ Pauly D and Deena Cortese; Reba McEntire, MMA's Bas Rutten, Chicago Bear Matt Forte, and many others.

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