Pigeon Breeds

By AustralorpsAU · Sep 2, 2016 · Updated Sep 3, 2016 · ·
  1. AustralorpsAU
    This will be an ongoing process as I add more breeds to the list [​IMG]

    Domestic Pigeons:

    Homing Pigeon
    These pigeons have been selectively bred for many years for its ability to find its way home from extreme distances away. These were derived from the rock pigeon, which have a homing ability called Magnetoreception (Magnetoreception is a sense which allows an organism to detect a magnetic field to perceive direction, altitude or location.) Having this ability means that they are commonly used in pigeon racing. These pigeons are also know as carrier pigeons because they could return home with a message form far away. In breeding season, after the male mates the female, he will bring her twigs and build a nest which she will usually lay 2 eggs which hatch in 17 - 20 days. They usually leave the nest after 3 to 4 weeks.

    Fantail Pigeon

    Fantails are a popular breed of fancy pigeons. They are easily distinguishable by their fan-shaped tail. This tail consists of about 30 to 40 feathers, whereas most breeds only have 12 - 14. There are various types of fantails such as the English Fantail, Indian Fantail and Thai Fantail. These pigeons come in various shapes and colours. These pigeons even have a laced variety (as pictured above). They also have a silky variety (as shown in the second picture). These birds are used by racing trainers so that when the pigeons see the fantail on the ground eating they come in to land too!

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  1. Whittni
    I adored my American Fantails, incredibly tame birds!

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