Domestic Pigeons

Changing faces: Liu Changsheng. Beijing pigeon raiser

Rising pollution in Beijing makes pigeons slouchy, says Liu Changsheng, and electromagnetic interference affects their homing abilities. Photo: Simon Song

Flocks of homing pigeons crossing blue skies and whistling past buildings used to be a common sight in Beijing.

Sunday, 30 December, 2012, 5:24am

You can count on our feathered friends

It is time for us to put the derogatory term 'birdbrain' to rest. Birds, it turns out, are anything but dumb.

It has long been known that pigeons can count. But the latest finding published in Science shows that they are also able to learn abstract rules about numbers, in this case ordinal numbers.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

'Rats with wings' are getting the drop on flustered New Yorkers

New York

Some say they probably outnumber the humans, but nobody is quite sure about the population of pigeons in this city - they are not captured on any census. Nonetheless they show up everywhere from apartment building roofs to the subway stations, strutting proudly with 'don't mess with me' Big Apple temperaments.

6 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Animal-lovers' marriage of interests breeds a business

Q: How did you start?

13 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Breeders of race pigeons plan to sue over fees for licences

Owners of racing pigeons are planning to seek a judicial review of a new licensing system.

The Hong Kong Racing Pigeons Club, Anti-Bird Flu Action Alliance and three other pigeon breeders' groups yesterday announced they would seek legal aid to sue the government.

8 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Ruffling council feathers

I was really upset a couple of weeks ago when I heard that some pigeons had been found dead near the Craigengower Cricket Club in Happy Valley. Poisoning was suspected, because many people in this city now see birds as health threats and as enemies.

27 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Spirited flight

Valiant is an enjoyable animated film which stars chirpy pigeons as second world war heroes. It is filled with plenty of hilarious moments and unforgettable animal characters.

14 Aug 2005 - 12:00am


Valiant is an enjoyable British CGI animation that tells a heroic World War Two story we are all familiar with. But the heroes are plucky pigeons instead of heavily-armed soldiers.

11 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Pigeon slaughter ruffles feathers

Police interrogators in India killed 100 pigeons in an effort to extract a confession from a man who cared for the birds.

After claims aired in a television programme, animal-rights activists have forced the government to order a high-level investigation of the bizarre killings under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

29 May 2005 - 12:00am

Pigeon's wartime medal for bravery is set to scale the heights at auction

A rare second world war bravery medal is to be sold to the highest bidder in London tomorrow, shedding light on the secret work of an unusual British flying ace who operated deep behind enemy lines.

Commando, a homing pigeon used by the wartime Air Ministry, received the Dickin Medal for gallantry under fire in getting vital information out of Nazi-occupied France.

29 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Burglars fly the coop with racing pigeons worth $1.5m

Police believe the thieves must be bird enthusiasts or illegal traders

A flock of about 200 racing pigeons valued at more than $1.5 million were stolen from a shop in Kwun Tong yesterday.

Store owner Eric Leung Kam-hung, 40, discovered the rolling shutter at the front of his Kok Chai Bird Shop, in Yan Shun Lane, had been forced open when he arrived at 10am.

13 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Paris' pigeon plague blamed on elderly

Pigeons cooing in a Parisian square may bring romantic pictures of the French capital to mind, but the birds - and their droppings - have become a hazard to city living.

However, it's the old ladies who feed them, not the individual pigeons who are largely to blame, concluded a recent seminar organised by the Scientific and Technical Institute of Wildlife in Towns in Paris.

17 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Squads fight high-rise pigeon coops

Beijing officials have set up a pigeon police force to crack down on illegal breeding of the birds in flats after neighbours complained of feathers, foul smells and droppings.

28 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Anti-roosting plan catches pigeons on the hop

New buildings may be forced to include anti-roosting safeguards to help stop a pigeon population explosion under a proposal being considered by officials.

'Overstayer' mainland birds that were released for the handover but failed to return home as planned are being blamed by some observers for a boom in the number of pigeons in Hong Kong in recent years.

13 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Pigeon fancier held over theft of racing birds

Four racing birds worth thousands of dollars were recovered from the home of a pigeon fancier in Lam Tin after allegedly being stolen from a Kwun Tong shop yesterday.

The fancier and a friend, both 31, were arrested when police raided his flat in Kwong Tin Estate. Last night, they were being questioned at Kwun Tong police station.

17 Apr 2002 - 12:00am