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Pigeon Weathervane – Racing

Racing Pigeon Weather Vane


This Racing Pigeon Weathervane was made for a customer passionate with this hobby. He ordered his vane in a small (~one-foot sculpture piece) to mount on top of his pigeon cote. It was a perfect scale. Also, as pictured above, optional gold leaf was requested to match the white markings on his pigeon. This weathervane can also be made entirely in copper depending on customer preference, or with other variations in gilding. The glass eyes are black, but could be any from our broad selection. As with all of our spread winged sculpture pieces, a security device is included in the pricing to assure your bird will not literally ‘take flight’ in strong winds.

The homing pigeon is a variety of domestic pigeon derived from the Rock Pigeon (Columba livia domestica) selectively bred to find its way home over extremely long distances. The wild rock pigeon has an innate homing ability and will generally return to its own nest and its own mate, which made it relatively easy to breed from the specific birds that repeatedly found their way home over long distances. There are flights as long as 1,800 km (1,100 miles) on record in competition pigeon racing. Their average flying speed over moderate distances (500 miles) is around 80 km/h (50 mph) but speeds of up to 177 km/h (110 mph) have been observed in top racers for short distance (100 miles), presumably with a tail wind.

Homing pigeons are called messenger or carrier pigeons when they are used to carry messages, as they have been recently here in our region, when important and security sensitive messages needed to be conveyed faster than a courier could drive in rush hour traffic.