Black Self Barb Pigeon
|US Breed Group||Fancy|
|A very old breed of domesticated pigeon which was extant in Shakespeare's day.|
The Barb (also called the English Barb) is a breed of fancy pigeon developed over many years of selective breeding. Barbs, along with other varieties of domesticated pigeons, are all descendants from the rock pigeon (a livia). This breed was referred to by Shakespeare. It was also referred to with an illustration in Charles Darwin's Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.
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