The Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), the ancestor to almost all of the hundreds of varieties of domestic pigeons available today, has been kept in captivity and bred for a variety of useful and ornamental purposes for thousands of years. This tough, social bird thrives and reproduces in primitive conditions that most species could not tolerate – allowing them to be developed into the earliest known domesticated bird species. They're mentioned in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and Mesopotamian cuneiforms. Ancient pigeon houses cut into rock walls still survive in dry climates such as Anatolia in Turkey, and the ancient circular pigeon towers of Iran are world-famous for their unique beauty. Truly, the domestic pigeon has been a companion and an inspiration to humanity for millennia.

Show More