Pigeon pageant for beautiful birds dispels 'rats with wings'

February 4, 2015 2:17 PM

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Pigeon pageant for beautiful birds dispels 'rats with wings'

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — Dogs aren't the only animals that vie for best in show. Hundreds of breeds of pigeons compete in their own version of the Westminster show, strutting on long, thick legs or fluttering curly, lacy feathers in their bid to be best bird.

These pigeons aren't the nuisance flocks that swarm food scraps at outdoor restaurants. They are genetically rich birds, including variations bred to look like turkeys or sound like trumpets, that drew thousands of enthusiasts — including boxer and pigeon lover Mike Tyson — to the National Pigeon As...

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