The King pigeon is a breed of domestic pigeon which is raised primarily for utility purpose. It is from United States and was developed over many years of selective breeding.
The King pigeons along with other varieties of domesticated pigeons, all are descendants from the feral or wild rock pigeon.
The breed was actually developed during the 1890s by crossing four older pigeon breeds. And those four varieties were Duchess, Homer, Maltese and Runt.
The Duchess were selected for grace, Homer for alertness, Runt for body and size, and the Maltese for compactness and style.
Currently the King pigeon is a popular breed in it’s native area and also in some other countries around the globe. Read some more information about this breed below.
King Pigeon Appearance
The King pigeon is a large breed of domestic pigeon. It is by many deemed to be one of the most beautiful of all the pigeon breeds.
It has a quite round body, and the breed is available in many colors and patterns. This could appear ‘plump’ – but its size is actually more in height than in width – which may be the reason why there were named ‘King’.
It’s not too easy to identify the gender of these birds. Because both males and females look almost similar. Although, close observation of their interactions usually allows for a fairly accurate gender identification.
There are two types of the King pigeon: utility and and the show form. The show form are much more compact and upright than the utility birds.
The show form is referred to as ‘Show Kings‘, and it is one of the most popular show birds in the United States and also globally.
Average live body weight of the mature King pigeon is about 570 grams, but some birds can reach up to 900 grams. Photo and info from BeautyofBirds and Wikipedia.
This is a dual purpose breed. It is raised for both utility and show purposes.
The King pigeon is a very beautiful bird with attractive appearance. It is a smart bird and sweet in nature. These birds are calm in nature and have full of personality.
They are of good behavior and make excellent pets. King pigeons are one of the pigeon breeds used for squab production.
But the show form is excellent for showing and very attractive. However, review full breed profile of this breed below.
King Pigeon | Breed Profile
|Breed Purpose||Show, utility, pets|
|Special Notes||Beautiful birds, calm and gentle in nature, docile temperament, attractive appearance, smart and sweet, excellent for show, very good for raising as pets|
|Weight||Around 570 grams|
|Climate Tolerance||All climates|
|Country/Place of Origin||United States|