Those waiting for the Birds by Duchemin, Eve
Pigeons are the oldest domesticated bird. The predecessors of modern day racing pigeons were pigeons bred for their homing ability, primarily to carry messages. Pigeon racing became popular in Belgium in the mid 19th century. The pigeon fanciers of Belgium began to develop pigeons specially cultivated for fast flight and long endurance. From Belgium the modern version of the sport spread to most parts of the world. The sport has recently experienced a downturn in participants in some parts of the world.