34 Of The World’s Most Beautiful Types Of Pigeons

Step aside, fashion chickens, it’s time for pigeons to stand in the spotlight and shine! The pigeons that we see in cities are just the tip of the feathered iceberg—there are lots of beautiful and unusual pigeon species that many of us haven’t ever heard of.

To show you what we mean, Bored Panda has collected photos of the rarest and most fashionable pigeons for you to enjoy. Scroll down, upvote your faves, and let us know which fashion pigeon you loved the most and why. We also know how much you love other animals, dear Pandas. So when you’re done enjoying this cool (or rather coo’) list, check out our other posts about gorgeous unusual animals right here, here, and here.

Pigeons are downright interesting when you start learning more about them. For example, some scientists argue that the common city pigeon (aka the rock pigeon) might have been the very first birb that hoomans have ever domesticated. They’re featured as figurines, in mosaics, and on coins from ancient Mesopotamia since at least 4500 BC.

 

#1

Pink-Necked Green Pigeon

Pink-Necked Green Pigeon

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Laugh Fan 23 hours agoSo beautiful!

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#2

The Nicobar Pigeon

The Nicobar Pigeon

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Lisa loves cats 23 hours agoWow that’s like a mix of peacock and pigeon! Beautiful

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#3

Brown Frillback Pigeon

Brown Frillback Pigeon

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MsM 22 hours agoKinda looks like pencil sharpener shavings

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Some of us may have thought on more than one occasion that pigeons might be a bit on the dumb side. But that isn’t the case! Researchers published a study in 2017 that proved that pigeons understand the concepts of space and time. A lot like humans and primates.

Pigeons are also expert navigators. They can find their way back to their nests from 1.3k miles(nearly 2.1k kilometers) away. The coolest part is that they’re able to do this even if they’ve been taken from their nests and moved in complete isolation and rotated so they don’t know which direction they’re moving in.

#4

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

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Charlotte A. 1 day agoNot sure this qualifies as “something you probably haven’t heard of”, but maybe it’s just because I have heard of it, multiple times, myself…

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#5

Bronzewing Pigeon

Bronzewing Pigeon

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Lisa loves cats 23 hours agoGorgeous!!

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Jacobin Pigeons

Jacobin Pigeons

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N G 1 day agoI looked at this pigeon and i seriously thought it was wearing a coat with a high collar

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Scientists are still unsure why exactly pigeons are so awesome at this. But one thing’s for sure: humanity has known about pigeons’ navigational skill since at least 3000 BC. People used to set caged pigeons free and then follow them to nearby land.

What’s more, the ancient Greeks used to train pigeons to carry the results of the Olympics—so sports fans were always in the know! Pigeons truly are mysterious and beautiful birds and we’re still finding out new things about them every year.

#7

Blue Crowned Pigeon

Blue Crowned Pigeon

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glowworm2 1 day agoI never knew until recently that there were several kinds of crowned pigeons. I’ve only been familiar with the Victorian ones. These are gorgeous as well.

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#8

Indian Fantail

Indian Fantail

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glowworm2 1 day agoLooks like a fancy centerpiece for a wedding table!

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#9

African Green-Pigeon

African Green-Pigeon

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Perfumista Perfumista 1 day agoPigeon trying to get into the house by convincing you its a parakeet

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#10

Spinifex Pigeon

Spinifex Pigeon

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Daria B 1 day agoWhile the world was deceived into believing cats were sent from aliens to rule the world, pigeons were diligently reporting to their masters (and our future overlords) with their head antennas all this time. Folks, it was pigeons all along. Cats were just trying to save us all this time!

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#11

Grey Frillback Pigeon

Grey Frillback Pigeon

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L1z4rd 1 day agoHow do they fly with those super frilly feathers?!

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#12

Pied Imperial Pigeon

Pied Imperial Pigeon

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Xavier Wescott 23 hours agohe does have that look of an imperial on him, leading the empire with a cold talon!

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#13

Lahore Pigeon

Lahore Pigeon

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Charlotte A. 1 day agoNatural habitat: bathrooms…

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#14

Capuchine/Jacobin Mix

Capuchine/Jacobin Mix

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MsM 22 hours agobarn owl birb

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#15

Ice Pigeon

Ice Pigeon

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L1z4rd 1 day agoLooks like a 70s disco dancer!

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#16

Red White Roller Pigeon

Red White Roller Pigeon

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Perfumista Perfumista 1 day agoConnecticut interior decorator pigeon

#17

Archangel Pigeons

Archangel Pigeons

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Jennah Tadych 23 hours agoThey look demonic 🤔😅

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#18

English Trumpeter Pigeon

English Trumpeter Pigeon

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Martha Meyer 22 hours agoWhoever thought “Let’s breed a bird that can barely walk because it has feathers growing in the wrong place.“ needs to be slapped.

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#19

English Barb

English Barb

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Perfumista Perfumista 1 day agoBarb and Karen would like to speak to the manager

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#20

Brunner Pouter Pigeon

Brunner Pouter Pigeon

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Jennah Tadych 23 hours agoLooks like a microphone 🤣

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#21

Lahore Pigeon

Lahore Pigeon

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Jennah Tadych 23 hours agoThis lawhore (lahore) is the reason the English pigeon is called a carrier(herpe) pigeon. 🤣🤣🙈

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#22

Old Dutch Capuchine

Old Dutch Capuchine

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Steve 1 day agoErrmmm is it wearing a patterned nappy/diaper, or did someone pluck it and tattoo it??

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#23

Fantail Pigeon

Fantail Pigeon

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A Lazy Spider 22 hours agoAww it’s so fluffy

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#24

Kabutar Pigeon

Kabutar Pigeon

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SirPatTheCat 20 hours agoImagine that scene from Jurassic Park where the Trex is looking in the car window but instead it’s this pigeon

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#25

English Short-Faced Tumbler

English Short-Faced Tumbler

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EHops 23 hours agoThis doesn’t seem fair to the bird to have such a small beak

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#26

Black Helmet Pigeon

Black Helmet Pigeon

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Perfumista Perfumista 1 day agoneeds a chicer back drop

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#27

Old Dutch Capuchine

Old Dutch Capuchine

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A Lazy Spider 22 hours agoIt looks like its seen things

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#28

Unique Pigeon

Unique Pigeon

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Jennah Tadych 23 hours agoIs it just me or does this one look really dumb in the face? 😆

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#29

German Modena Pigeon

German Modena Pigeon

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Charlotte 1 day agoThis one makes me think of that “broke the internet” Kim Kardashian photo with the champagne. Work those curves, birdy!

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#30

Voorburg Shield Cropper

Voorburg Shield Cropper

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Patti Brock 23 hours agoElegant!

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#31

Oriental Frill Pigeon

Oriental Frill Pigeon

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Jennah Tadych 23 hours agoBut where is the beak? 🤔

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#32

English Carrier Pigeon

English Carrier Pigeon

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cat nip nip nip 23 hours agothat is a giraffe pigeon

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#33

Tumbler Pigeon

Tumbler Pigeon

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cat nip nip nip 23 hours agois their a tinder pigeon if their is a tumbler

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#34

Scandaroon Pigeon

Scandaroon Pigeon

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Jennah Tadych 23 hours agoThis one looks like a chicken kinda

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