Our Tribute To Birds In The Military

WWII open cockpit pilot dropping carrier pigeon
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If the birds are all white or there are coops with all white birds they are probably being rented out in place of doves.

When you have a ceremony and would like to have a “dove” release, it would be inhumane to use doves as the birds would be frightened and crash into trees and light poles and houses.

It would not be pretty.

Conversely there are companies that rent “white pigeons” who are trained flyers.

Once the birds are released at the event, the birds methodically fly straight home.

It’s a win-win for everybody.

I’ve written extensively about the fact that if it wasn’t for homing pigeons we might be all speaking German.

Although homing pigeons were used during World War I they were also used during World War II.

In the great war, the pigeon population in the military climb to more than half 1 million birds.

It’s really a helluva story and I tell it here

By the way pigeons are doves and vice versa – kinda – actually there are more than 300 species of pigeons and doves

what do you call a 4 door pigeon coop?

a pigeon sedan

Pigeons are still used to carry blood samples from remote regions of Britain and France,


Pigeons are still used to carry blood samples from remote regions of Britain and France, and in the United States they are able to spot shipwrecks from helicopters because of their 360-degree vision.



They are raced (500,000 pigeons cross France each weekend when the weather is good), collected (King Faisal of Saudi Arabia is said to have 150,000) and are subjected to all the vicissitudes of modern life.

In eastern India, for example, officials stopped using about 400 carrier pigeons that had served as a link between remote police stations since 1946 because of competition from the Internet and e-mail.

And drug traffickers continue to escape technological advances and surveillance by sending flocks of pigeons, each carrying ten grams of heroin, between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

written by mitch rezman
approved by catherine tobsing

Also published on Medium.


He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.