Can Different Species of Wild Pigeons and Doves Home (Columbiformes, Columba)?


Jun 12, 2016
Ya, I've searched all over the web to find out if All wild pigeons and Doves home? Can they find their way back home or only Rock pigeons/ domestic pigeons can? Can different types of Pigeon species home like the Nicobar Pigeon, and what about other Doves except the captive ones? Can they home as well, The Homing instincts in Pigeons has interested me and I want to know if all Columbiformes can home? From a 'WILD'= Nicobar pigeon to a Wood pigeon and Ringneck doves to White tipped doves/ Bleeding heart Doves, Do all Columbiformes have an homing instinct?

This will be GREAT INFORMATION, Please reply and also from people who had expriences with trying that.

Oh also, what about hybrids? Wild rock pigeon and a wild dove hyrbid XD can they also Home?

Hokum Coco

7 Years
Dec 6, 2012
New Brunswick,Canada FACTS.htm
Can different types of Pigeon species home
All birds posses some homing instinct otherwise they could not return to their nest to raise their young.
When it comes to the domesticated doves there are basically 4 types of birds the homing pigeon, the ornamental, the utility pigeon, and the trick flying or performance pigeon. All are descendants of the wild ROCK DOVE.
Every whip stitch you will hear of some of the three other classifications of birds returning from a distance of we will say 100 miles for example but it is rare and uncommon and it usually takes days.

So to answer you question on Homing pigeons.

Homing pigeons are unparalleled when it comes to homing instinct. They have been know to travel well over 700 miles in a single day (they only fly in daylight hours as a rule)

The longest homing pigeon flight ever recorded was 7,200 miles, from Arras, France, to Saigon, Vietnam. The flight took 24 days.

Then there is the case of back In the late 1800 the most heroic recorded flight was from a pigeon that was released in Africa and took 55 days to get home in England. Traveling over 7,000 miles (the pigeon died from exhaustion on arrival).

Other species of doves are at or near their limits when they are let out to fly from the loft. Yet again some wild doves are solitary birds and prefer isolation and do not respond to captivity with other birds of the same species.

Personally other breeds of pigeons are only a bird to make me wish I had a good homing pigeon.

Homing pigeons are in a class of their own and should only be compared with migratory birds.

Did you know facts on pigeons check out the link: FACTS.htm

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10 Years
Oct 24, 2009
All wild pigeons and doves can home... but not like racing / homing pigeons.

Just think about the wild doves and pigeons that migrate depending of the season... turtle doves fly from Africa to Northern Europe, morning doves are also migratory as are many others. But they can not be trained to fly to a coop when you take them far away for a race... they are not into that kind of thing!!

Even the species of doves and pigeons that don't migrate... they know their way over a large area of land as they territory and to find food, nest, etc.

The reason domestic pigeons are so good at homing for coops and lofts is that is mimics what they do in the wild.. they roost and nest in the same place each time... and fly far away during the day to find food... so they have to know the way back to their roost even from long away places they have never been to before.


Jun 12, 2016
Awesome infomation!, both of you, This really helped a lot!

Really Appreciated it


8 Years
Feb 16, 2011
Newport Tennessee
I slowly conditioned and taught my show ringneck collard and laughing doves, with my corturnix quail chickens budgies cockatiels etc rescued larger hookbills. So sure could be done with others.

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