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Hundreds of Fancy Pigeon Breeds!?!? I Had No Idea

Posted in birds, books, rambling on 4 February 08 by mikevc

I am reading a quite entertaining and informative book: Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World’s Most Revered and Reviled Bird. After finishing a chapter on the Grand Nationals, which is a competition for breedersbf03.jpg of fancy pigeons, I had to go online to see pictures of some of the bizarre breeds mentioned. I stumbled on a Wikipedia article (you gotta love good ol’ Wikipedia) on fancy breeds and find myself stunned by the number of breeds that exist and the lengths folks will go to in creating these unique breeds. The title of the chapter–“Drs. Frankenstein”–is quite apt. Ioriental-frill.jpg include here photos of two breeds: Jacobin (the aristocrats of the pigeon world apparently; I looked at numerous photos and can’t find the birds freaking heads in all of those reverse feathers) and the Oriental Frill, who has been bread to have such a small bill that the breeders have to assist them in breaking their eggs at birth and eating. Truly bizarre (and seemingly cruel). And these are only the tip of the iceberg.