Show off of fancy pigeons at Altona school

2017-05-11 06:01

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Pigeons have been linked to humans since ancient times. Already by the year 3200BC pigeons were kept in Egypt for meat purposes, as well as to be used as messengers.

Nowadays, 5217 years later, pigeons are even more popular and proving this will be the Eastern Cape Fancy Pigeon Association’s annual regional fancy pigeon show on Saturday at Altona Primary School in Greenbushes.

According to Nic Hanekom, secretary of the Eastern Cape Fancy Pigeon Association, the European Rock Pigeon (Columba Livia) is regarded as the forefather of all domesticated pigeons.

“Despite having one ancestor, a large variety of hundreds of breeds originated in many countries owing to various mutations in colour, pattern, form, behavior, voice, manner of flight and ornaments,” said Hanekom.

“It is quite possible that more than 1 000 different breeds exist that all form part of the species Columba livia.”

Fancy pigeon sport in SA

The South African Fancy Pigeon Association was founded in 1943, with the sole purpose to promote the fancy pigeon sport in South Africa. It is divided into provincial regions which host annual shows. The SA Championship Show rotates among the regions and takes place during July.

“It is quite possible that more than 1 000 different breeds exist that all form part of the species Columba Livia,” said Hanekom.

The show will be from 08:00 to 14:00 and entrance is free.

  • Enquiries: Eastern Cape Fancy Pigeon secretary Nic Hanekom at 081 310 9351 or e-mail

-Heilie Combrinck

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