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Recessive red Carneau
Conservation status Common
US Breed Group Form
EE Breed Group Utility (Form)

The Carneau is a breed of pigeon developed over many years of selective breeding primarily as a utility pigeon.[1] Carneau, along with other varieties of domesticated pigeons, are all descendants from the rock pigeon (Columba livia). The breed is known for large size and suitability for squab production. White Carneau pigeons are extensively used in experiments on operant conditioning; most of the pigeons used in B. F. Skinner's original work on schedules of reinforcement were White Carneaux.[2]


The Carneau originated in northern France and southern Belgium. Once a free flying breed, living by fielding.[3]

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  1. ^ Levi, Wendell (1977). The Pigeon. Sumter, S.C.: Levi Publishing Co, Inc. ISBN 0-85390-013-2. 
  2. ^ Ferster, C. B., & Skinner, B. F. (1957). Schedules of reinforcement. New York: Appleton Century Crofts (see p. 29)
  3. ^ Seymour, Rev. Colin (Ed)(2006) Australian Fancy Pigeons National Book of Standards.