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.

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Pink-Necked Green Pigeon

Pink-Necked Green Pigeon

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Laugh Fan
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2 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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2 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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2 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.'

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Brown Frillback Pigeon

Brown Frillback Pigeon

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MsM
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2 months ago

Kinda looks like pencil sharpener shavings

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#5

Bronzewing Pigeon

Bronzewing Pigeon

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Lisa loves cats
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2 months ago

Gorgeous!!

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#6

Blue Crowned Pigeon

Blue Crowned Pigeon

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glowworm2
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2 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.

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Jacobin Pigeons

Jacobin Pigeons

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N G
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2 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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2 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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2 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
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2 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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2 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
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2 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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2 months ago

Looks like a 70s disco dancer!

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#14

Lahore Pigeon

Lahore Pigeon

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Charlotte A.
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2 months ago

Natural habitat: bathrooms...

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#15

Capuchine/Jacobin Mix

Capuchine/Jacobin Mix

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MsM
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2 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
2 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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2 months ago

They look demonic 🤔😅

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#18

English Trumpeter Pigeon

English Trumpeter Pigeon

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Martha Meyer
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2 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
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2 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
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2 months ago

Looks like a microphone 🤣

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#21

Lahore Pigeon

Lahore Pigeon

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Jennah Tadych
Community Member
2 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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2 months ago

Aww it's so fluffy

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#23

Kabutar Pigeon

Kabutar Pigeon

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SirPatTheCat
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2 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
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2 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
2 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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2 months ago

It looks like its seen things

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#27

Unique Pigeon

Unique Pigeon

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Jennah Tadych
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2 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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2 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
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2 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
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2 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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2 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
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2 months ago

that is a giraffe pigeon

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#33

Voorburg Shield Cropper

Voorburg Shield Cropper

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Patti Brock
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2 months ago

Elegant!

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#34

Scandaroon Pigeon

Scandaroon Pigeon

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Jennah Tadych
Community Member
2 months ago

This one looks like a chicken kinda

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