Species group: Domestic Fancy Pigeons
Other common names: Fantail, Mindian Fantail
Scientific name: Columba livia domestica
The Indian Fantail is one of the most popular varieties of the eyecatching fantail pigeon group. The show standard for the Indian Fantail Pigeon requires that if two birds are of the same quality, the prize goes to the larger bird, so this variety has gotten larger over time. More recently, some breeders who feel that too much attention has been given to size have turned toward working to create an alternative “Mini” Indian Fantail Pigeon, the so-called Mindian Fantail. The size difference is substantial, but if you don't see them together and are new to fantails, just ask whether you are getting a mini or a standard bird.
Fantails may be among the oldest fancy pigeon breeds, since there is a record of these birds going back to Spain in 1150 A.D. The Indian Fantail itself has been dated back to 1560 A.D.
The Indian Fantail Pigeon is a large, eye-catching show pigeon with a small crest, feathers on its feet, and a dramatic, fanned-out funnel-shaped tail. White birds are often seen, but there are many other colors and patterns available, including black, red, almond, checked and barred. In recent years, miniature Indian Fantail Pigeons have been developed, allowing fanciers to enjoy the handsome shape in a smaller package.
400 - 500 grams (14 - 17.5 oz.)
28 centimeters (11 in.)
10 - 20 years
Behavior / temperament:
Indian Fantail Pigeons are naturally somewhat tame and confiding, so it can be a pleasure to train one of these birds as a single pet to come to your hand. Be aware that the full-sized Indian Fantail does not fly particularly well at all. It's your responsibility to keep your trusting pet safe from cats or other predators that might get into the house, or even from small children who might tease the “funny-looking” pigeon. Be aware that “Mindians” can and do fly much better. Lock doors and windows from the inside whenever you have your Mini out to play so it doesn't accidentally fly outside and possibly get lost.
The Indian Fantail Pigeon is sometimes said to scratch on the ground or floor of its cage a lot. Keep the loft, crate, cage, and even the carpet clean, so the bird isn't tracking through its own droppings.
The majority of Indian Fantail Pigeon keepers are breeders and exhibitors who keep their birds in a large outdoor loft. Talk to another breeder before you design your loft, and make sure that it is easy to clean and secure from mosquitoes, thieves, raccoons, and other predators that would like nothing better than to feast on a nice tasty pigeon. Have a minimum of 4 square feet of floor space for each pair. Yes, that does mean that an aviary 4 feet wide by 6 feet long houses a maximum of 12 birds. Pigeons are messy, and their droppings and feathers can accumulate, so don't take on a bigger job than you are sure you can manage.
A single pet Indian Fantail Pigeon should be trained to spend time cuddling and hanging out with you, but it will still need something like a large dog crate to feel secure when you can't be there. To create a feeling of security, put a blanket or another covering over two sides of the crate, rather than leaving it open from all directions. If the bird has to spend a great deal of time in the cage, it may be better to build a rather large flight cage, but make sure there are plenty of shelves and perhaps a nest with a liner that the bird can use.
Indian Fantail Pigeons bathe in water, so they should be allowed access to a shallow dog dish or similar bathing bowl to splash around in. Since pigeons lower the head to drink, they will need a deeper bowl for the drinking water.
The Indian Fantail Pigeon has been raised in captivity for hundreds of years, so it has been developed to thrive on a relatively simple diet. Most people start with a high-quality pigeon mix from a well-regarded source. You may also mix in quality grains such as millet, barley, wheat, whole corn, dry peas, buckwheat, oats, and so on, either from a good feed store with fast turn-over or from a health food store. Special pellets formulated for pigeons can be used to supplement the diet, to ensure that your bird has enough vitamins and protein.
The Indian Fantail Pigeon is a relatively bad flyer, and it's one of those pigeons that can gain weight if you're not careful. You may want to hold back special high-fat treats like sunflower seed, to give to your pet by hand during the training and bonding process. Chopped greens like kale, dandelion greens, spinach, or fresh sprouts should be offered each day. Some people offer high beta carotene foods like finely chopped carrot or papaya.
All Indian Fantail Pigeons need access to a high quality pigeon grit to help them digest the tough, uncooked grains they like to eat. A cuttlebone or another calcium source is also valuable. However, calcium may not be properly absorbed without sufficient vitamin D3 if your pigeon is an indoor pet. Therefore, it is important to choose a good avian supplement that includes D3.
Written by Elaine Radford
different colors, adored pet birds, sweetest thing, affectionate, Beautiful birds, WEATHER EXTREMES
raccoons, hawks, occasional blood feather
good seed mixture, tall tail feathers, pretty proportions
My Indian Fantail Pigeon
My father got me this cute white little pigeon when I was 5 years old. She had this round body, large tail, well set legs and head, giving her a unique look. She was always full of energy constantly moving her neck back and forth.
I would get up in the morning when she would start her pleasant cooing and I would know it was time for my school. I would quickly put some seeds, fruits (including berries) or green leaves and some water so she could make herself comfortable until I get back and have a blast with her.
I always tried to teach her some songs, but she only learns some parts of it and would often sing with me.I was always amazed at how she could remember the exact words days after days although I could not remember my school lessons!
She would always recognize me with a distance and start shouting.
I found her very easy to raise and teach even as a child. It was my best friend as a child and I think I have never owned such intelligent pet again.
I wish someday I will own one more cucu….
From avinashprakash Jun 21 2014 7:16PM
Fantail Pigeons - Sublime creatures
The first time i saw a baby pigeon it was disgusting, a hideous little blob which is all head, has no feathers and is barely able to move, i thought to myself that i should have them. The metamorphosis that they go through to become in to fantail pigeons is amazing.
Again, this review and the review of the bulbul are when I was working in Asia. The fantail is a mesmerizing bird, the sound that it makes, the audacity, the ability of the bird to fly back to you every evening, the grace that it possesses, every thing about the breed except its early childhood is amazing. Pigeons have been historically kept by our ancestors, for so many purposes and it is not difficult to see why this bird is the choice bird of generations of humans.
They are friendly and generally have nothing against the humans. So they socialize very quickly as compared to other birds or breeds. The place where i was staying, they have a big culture of keeping pigeons, people would have pigeon cages on top of the roof and than they will let them out in the day and see them fly. These ones were no different, since I got them at a young age, i did not let them out to fly but once they had gone a bit older, they also did the same. Every time they would go away, I wondered if they would come back or not, they did come back every time.
The general issues, you need to know how to empty the crops, i found that it is a common thing to occur with them. Also since they are let open every day, necessary medication is a must. Some times birds get viruses and bacteria from others so even a healthy bird may get sick due to exposure to birds who are not healthy. The feed depends on you, they are very happy with any form of grain, even fruits can work, i found out that they specially liked to nibble at water melons. They poop a lot so the cage has to be cleaned regularly. The males are friendly and they are not overly aggressive towards each other or with females.
They are very happy to sit on eggs and you can have new additions almost every month in the family if you get lucky. The male chips in with helping the young adults which is a very nice thing. They seem to form loving couples where both of them take care of each other.
Basic requirements about keeping pigeons, you need to be able to empty out the crop, the swelling of the crop is important because by the time they will show severe pain, infection may have already started. Look at their feet and under the wings for blisters and possible attempts by predators to snatch them mid air. Cats love to feed on pigeons so if you have cats around be sure to tuck them in safely.
Good easy pets worth a lot of fun.
From Zak_Hades Jul 17 2014 4:54AM