This ability has been known in domesticated breeds of pigeons for centuries. In Wendell Levi's book The Pigeon, reference is made to pigeons with this tumbling ability existing in India before the year 1590. Charles Darwin, in his book The Origin of Species, makes reference to the Short Faced Tumbler which was a popular breed during his lifetime, and still can be found exhibited at pigeon shows today.
There are many different breeds that have descended from the original tumbler stocks. Some of the more popular breeds today include:
- Armenian Tumbler
- Australian Performing Tumbler
- Berlin Short Faced Tumbler
- English Long Faced Tumbler
- English Short Faced Tumbler
- Iranian Highflying Tumbler
- Komorner Tumbler
- West of England Tumbler
- Limerick Tumblers
- Levi, Wendell (1977). The Pigeon. Sumter, S.C.: Levi Publishing Co, Inc. ISBN 0-85390-013-2.
- Darwin, Charles (2004). The Origin of Species. London: CRW Publishing Limited. ISBN 1-904633-78-1.
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