Pigeon Racing

Prize racing pigeon sells for record €310,000 to Chinese businessman

Yi Minna, chief operating officer at the Pipa auction house, watches birds in a coop at Pigeon Paradise in Knesselare, Belgium. Photo: AP

Flying high above Europe's economic crisis, a lightning-fast pigeon named Bolt became the world's most expensive racing bird when his Belgian breeder sold it for €310,000 (HK$3.1 million) to a Chinese businessman.

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013, 4:20am 1 comment

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. But it's getting harder to raise birds in the capital as the number of high-rise buildings grows, air quality deteriorates and electromagnetic interference from military radar and mobile phone base stations rises.

30 Dec 2012 - 5:24am

Channel hop

We've been seeing the softer side of Mike Tyson lately. After a memorable cameo in 2009's The Hangover (in which we were treated to a tone-deaf rendition of Phil Collins' In the Air of the Night) brought him back into the public eye, the former boxing champion has been lobbying hard for a second chance at popularity.

8 May 2011 - 12:00am

10,000 birds to head home

Sha Tin residents may want to carry umbrellas on July 1 - the day 10,000 homing pigeons head north to mark the first day of Chinese sovereignty.

The pigeons, which have had years of training and can fly at least 1,500 kilometres, were chosen from 31 Chinese cities and towns to take part in the airborne salute.

12 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Pigeons fluff up for handover

Ten thousand pigeons from more than 30 mainland cities and towns are to cloud the sky over Sha Tin in a $1 million ceremony to mark July 1.

The homing pigeons, some from as far as Beijing - some 2,500 kilometres away - are charged with the task of sending the handover message back to their home towns.

16 May 1997 - 12:00am

British pigeon off course

A homing pigeon has turned up in Shanghai five years after it set off in a local race in Britain.

Pigeon fancier George Gamble had forgotten about the bird, which failed to return to its loft in the northeast of England from a race, until a fax message arrived saying it was alive and well, but 10,000 kilometres away in Shanghai.

22 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Battle of the birds flies to higher level

FEATHERS flew yesterday as the territory's pigeon racing fraternity tried to convince three Appeal Court judges their birds should be classed as pets.

The Hong Kong Racing Pigeon Association is in a flap about strict waste control regulations which forbid the keeping of more than 20 poultry, including pigeons, in urban areas.

11 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Pigeon puzzler has court in flap

WHEN is a pigeon not a pigeon? Answer: when it is a racing pigeon - or so the Hong Kong Racing Pigeon Association tried to persuade a High Court judge yesterday.

In a bizarre hearing, which was pure Monty Python at times, the society sought a declaration that its pigeons were pets, not poultry.

16 Jul 1994 - 12:00am