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. Bored Panda reached out to the Royal Pigeon Racing Association to learn more about these birds. Scroll down for our interview with them.

#1

Pink-Necked Green Pigeon

Pink-Necked Green Pigeon

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Laugh Fan
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6 months ago

So beautiful!

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#2

The Nicobar Pigeon

The Nicobar Pigeon

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Lisa loves cats
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6 months ago

Wow that’s like a mix of peacock and pigeon! Beautiful

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#3

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

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Mimi Flores
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6 months ago

Come on, the baby one looks so adorable

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The RPRA told us that pigeons are incredibly skilled and are able to get up to speeds of over 70 miles (nearly 113 kilometers) per hour.

“They have been used in both world wars due to their skills in speed endurance and their homing abilities,” the RPRA said.

The Association agrees that pigeons most likely were the first birds that humans domesticated because of their trusting nature and calmness.

“They also have the ability to return to a central location so they are easy to keep—they always return. Meanwhile, pigeons have the ability to deliver messages; Julius Caesar used them in his battles to send messages to and from his troops and occupied areas.'

#4

Brown Frillback Pigeon

Brown Frillback Pigeon

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MsM
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6 months ago

Kinda looks like pencil sharpener shavings

Sho Sho
Community Member
6 months ago

aka pencil sharpening pigeons

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Charlotte A.
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6 months ago

Can they fly? o.O

ƒιѕн
Community Member
6 months ago

While they're able to fly much better than chickens, and can fly “normally” to escape predators or get out of a rut, making some of their flight feathers essentially useless means that to do so, they have to expend more energy than your average pigeon

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cat nip nip nip
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6 months ago

noodle wings

Jonas Grinevičius
BoredPanda Staff
6 months ago

These are my fave fashion pigeons :)

Linda HS
Community Member
6 months ago

Chocolate shavings 😁

Animal Lover
Community Member
6 months ago

They look like noodles.

DancingToMyself
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6 months ago

Nope. They can't fly. Poor birds, nasty breeders.

Jan Macey
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6 months ago

Looks like they borrowed tresses of beautiful hair

Marek Yanchurak
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm kind of bothered by this, on a visceral level

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
6 months ago

Me too. It's sad to see a bird who can not fly properly.

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Lois Arrowood
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6 months ago

Looks like they have Curley hair. So pretty.

nala simba
Community Member
6 months ago

A very beautiful nightmare!

Ashley Fernandes
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6 months ago

me on a humid day

Ashley Fernandes
Community Member
6 months ago

Me on a humid day

Judy Patterson
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow. Guess the hair salons are still closed😳🙄😂

GamerX
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6 months ago

Looks like bonito flakes

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
6 months ago

Macaroni Pigeon.

pei meow
Community Member
6 months ago

Fluffy!

ALLISON MOLINA-GARCIA
Community Member
6 months ago

I love this 😊

Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago

The curly feathers look like pencil shavings.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes. I thought wood shavings. It's a trade-off: Do you want to be incredibly beautiful or do you want to fly?

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glowworm2
Community Member
6 months ago

They're beautiful!

Emeka Duru
Community Member
6 days ago

How can I get one of those

Emeka Duru
Community Member
6 days ago

How much is it

Patzpie
Community Member
3 months ago

Wouldn't those curly feathers impede their ability to fly?

Ali Arslan
Community Member
4 months ago

very nice i want to have this kind how can i will get it???

Marie Aurelia Kowalske
Community Member
5 months ago

I would like one of these as a pet. They are very pretty.

HALILU MUHAMMAD
Community Member
5 months ago

Fine bird please how can I get this pigeon

Cathy Cee
Community Member
5 months ago

In the US we call that color 'red'

Melissa Guarino
Community Member
5 months ago

I love these, they look soft.

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
5 months ago

Unreal looking.........but beautiful. I wonder if flying is difficult?

Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
Community Member
5 months ago

WoW, curly+very exotic looking

Lasagne
Community Member
5 months ago

kind of looks fake

patricia matthews
Community Member
6 months ago

I didn't know pigeons came in so many variations. A lesson learned.

Wendy
Community Member
6 months ago

Me on a bad hair day - true story

Karen Brooks
Community Member
6 months ago

I am thinking these are not as aerodynamic

Donna Croce
Community Member
6 months ago

I love the feet

Toast Of Saint Louis
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6 months ago

I could use those feathers for a wig.

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
6 months ago

wait can they actually fly??

Terri Rowland
Community Member
6 months ago

Curly birds... Lol

Wolfblood Fanatic
Community Member
6 months ago

BKAWK! Looks like a chicken!

Susan Miller
Community Member
6 months ago

I thought it was sitting on a curly wig!

Bettye McKee
Community Member
6 months ago

Incredible. I would love to see one.

Marianne Stolp
Community Member
6 months ago

it will hinder them in flight, can't fly so fast I think

Lyop
Community Member
6 months ago

What designer they wearing?

Riley Messina
Community Member
6 months ago

ummmm their wings look like noodles ngl lol

Andraya Begley
Community Member
6 months ago

Awww! Fluffy!

Jaykob Cole Plascencia
Community Member
6 months ago

Toenail wings

Sarah Stalder
Community Member
6 months ago

Curly feathers...love it!

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
6 months ago

Hmm, bet it cant fly and has been bred especially for this curled effect.

Jessica Winkelmann Reyes
Community Member
6 months ago

I have a friend that raises these guys. So cool, but they can't fly.

Tylernol
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6 months ago

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Lana Jig-maker
Community Member
6 months ago

All got perms on the same day

Nurse Bambi
Community Member
6 months ago

Omg!!!!!

Shirley Richard
Community Member
6 months ago

I kinda think this is my favorite

Celestial
Community Member
6 months ago

That’s my hair after the rain

Soni.
Community Member
6 months ago

Haute couture pigeon

Lola
Community Member
6 months ago

That’s a thing?

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#5

Bronzewing Pigeon

Bronzewing Pigeon

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Lisa loves cats
Community Member
6 months ago

Gorgeous!!

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#6

Blue Crowned Pigeon

Blue Crowned Pigeon

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glowworm2
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6 months ago

I 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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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.

#7

Jacobin Pigeons

Jacobin Pigeons

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N G
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6 months ago

I looked at this pigeon and i seriously thought it was wearing a coat with a high collar

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#8

Indian Fantail

Indian Fantail

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glowworm2
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6 months ago

Looks 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
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6 months ago

Pigeon trying to get into the house by convincing you its a parakeet

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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.

#10

Spinifex Pigeon

Spinifex Pigeon

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Daria B
Community Member
6 months ago

While 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
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6 months ago

How 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
Community Member
6 months ago

he does have that look of an imperial on him, leading the empire with a cold talon!

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#13

Ice Pigeon

Ice Pigeon

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L1z4rd
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6 months ago

Looks like a 70s disco dancer!

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#14

Lahore Pigeon

Lahore Pigeon

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Charlotte A.
Community Member
6 months ago

Natural habitat: bathrooms...

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#15

Capuchine/Jacobin Mix

Capuchine/Jacobin Mix

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MsM
Community Member
6 months ago

barn owl birb

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#16

Red White Roller Pigeon

Red White Roller Pigeon

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
6 months ago

Connecticut interior decorator pigeon

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#17

Archangel Pigeons

Archangel Pigeons

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Jennah Tadych
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6 months ago

They look demonic 🤔😅

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#18

English Trumpeter Pigeon

English Trumpeter Pigeon

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
6 months ago

Whoever 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
Community Member
6 months ago

Barb 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
Community Member
6 months ago

Looks like a microphone 🤣

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#21

Lahore Pigeon

Lahore Pigeon

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Jennah Tadych
Community Member
6 months ago

This lawhore (lahore) is the reason the English pigeon is called a carrier(herpe) pigeon. 🤣🤣🙈

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#22

Fantail Pigeon

Fantail Pigeon

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A Lazy Spider
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6 months ago

Aww it's so fluffy

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#23

Kabutar Pigeon

Kabutar Pigeon

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SirPatTheCat
Community Member
6 months ago

Imagine that scene from Jurassic Park where the Trex is looking in the car window but instead it's this pigeon

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#24

Old Dutch Capuchine

Old Dutch Capuchine

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Steve
Community Member
6 months ago

Errmmm is it wearing a patterned nappy/diaper, or did someone pluck it and tattoo it??

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#25

Black Helmet Pigeon

Black Helmet Pigeon

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
6 months ago

needs a chicer back drop

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#26

Old Dutch Capuchine

Old Dutch Capuchine

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A Lazy Spider
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6 months ago

It looks like its seen things

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#27

Unique Pigeon

Unique Pigeon

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Jennah Tadych
Community Member
6 months ago

Is it just me or does this one look really dumb in the face? 😆

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#28

English Short-Faced Tumbler

English Short-Faced Tumbler

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EHops
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6 months ago

This doesn't seem fair to the bird to have such a small beak

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#29

German Modena Pigeon

German Modena Pigeon

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Charlotte
Community Member
6 months ago

This one makes me think of that "broke the internet" Kim Kardashian photo with the champagne. Work those curves, birdy!

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#30

Oriental Frill Pigeon

Oriental Frill Pigeon

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Jennah Tadych
Community Member
6 months ago

But where is the beak? 🤔

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#31

Tumbler Pigeon

Tumbler Pigeon

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cat nip nip nip
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6 months ago

is their a tinder pigeon if their is a tumbler

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#32

English Carrier Pigeon

English Carrier Pigeon

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cat nip nip nip
Community Member
6 months ago

that is a giraffe pigeon

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#33

Voorburg Shield Cropper

Voorburg Shield Cropper

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Patti Brock
Community Member
6 months ago

Elegant!

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#34

Scandaroon Pigeon

Scandaroon Pigeon

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Jennah Tadych
Community Member
6 months ago

This one looks like a chicken kinda

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