Pigeon: What You Should Know

A carrier pigeon is a pigeon that delivers messages. The message is usually on a small piece of paper that is tied to the pigeon’s foot. Or you put the note in a small sleeve that the carrier pigeon wears on one leg. The carrier pigeon is still considered the symbol of the post office and therefore adorns the stamps in many countries.

Pigeons can easily find the place where they are at home. You first bring a carrier pigeon to where you want to send the message. Then you let them fly home. The recipient who is to receive the message is waiting for you there.

Up until the 1800s, carrier pigeons were popularly used to communicate something important to someone far away. Since the invention of the telegraph, this has been considered obsolete. Carrier pigeons were only used in the First and Second World Wars. This old-fashioned way was chosen because enemy soldiers could not overhear these messages like radio messages.

Even today, many people train pigeons to deliver messages. They do it because they enjoy it, that is, as a hobby and because it allows them to take part in competitions. In these competitions, the pigeon that reaches home the fastest with the message wins. Money bets are also placed on it.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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