Racing and Homing Pigeons

    • Homing pigeons can be a variety of colors, but are commonly blue (similar to wild pigeons), or white. These pigeons are raced competitively, used as wedding and event “doves,” or kept as pets. They are muscular and strong flyers with powerful homing instincts, and they are trained to return to their lofts after a race or event. Homers and racers do, however, get lost or injured. Because they are banded, you can often trace their ownership by the information on the band. Occasionally, a lost homing pigeon will assimilate into a wild flock and you may see the occasional banded pigeon foraging with her wild mates.