Greytown Racing Pigeon Club news

2015-09-30 06:00

THE other day somebody asked me to explain how to distinguish between the sexes of racing pigeons.

There are many theories and it can be very confusing at times. I find in my particular family of birds that the cocks have a more “bullish” expression to the head and face and a skull which is more rounded than the hen who has what I would term a more feminine “sweeter” face.

Also on handling the pigeon, the keel bone on the male extends closer to the vent bones than on the hen whose vent bones are more pliable to allow the passing of eggs at laying time.

A cock when displaying will turn a full circle with blown crop, while a hen, at the same time, will only move from side to side, in other words a semi-circle. Sometimes, in the case of nestlings, the first hatched will be a male, but not always and he is normally the larger of the two young. Some people say that the middle toe of the male is longer than that of the female, but that has never worked for me.

If one holds the pigeon with its head facing away from your body and looks down on its head, you will see that the cock bird’s eyes appear to bulge more than those of the hen.

In the nest the male squab will in most cases appear more aggressive than his female companion by rearing up and striking at the intruding hand with his beak snapping.

I hope these points help answer the questions I was asked.

Good flying

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