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Conservation Status Common
US Breed Group Flying
A flying breed with a very distinctive aerial performance.

The Donek is a breed of fancy pigeon developed over many years of selective breeding. The name Donek is of Turkish origin and means, "falling down from the sky."[1] The Donek, along with other varieties of domesticated pigeons, are all descendants from the Rock Pigeon (Columba livia).[2] The breed is known for its aerial acrobatics (spiral diving) and as such is more of a performance breed rather than a purely fancy variety. Their aerial spiraling return when called back to the loft makes a spectacular sight.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Connally, Doratha, "Donek Flyer Eddie Saliu", Purebred Pigeon Magazine - Jan/Feb 2007: Pg14,  
  2. ^ Levi, Wendell (1977). The Pigeon. Sumter, S.C.: Levi Publishing Co, Inc. ISBN 0853900132.  
  3. ^ Seymour, Rev. Colin (Ed)(2006) Australian Fancy Pigeons National Book of Standards.


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