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Self red Donek
Conservation status Common
US Breed Group Flying
A flying breed with a very distinctive aerial performance.

The Donek is a Macedonian breed of fancy pigeon developed over many years of selective breeding. The name Donek is of Macedonian 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]

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  1. ^ Connally, Doratha. "Donek Flyer Eddie Saliu". Purebred Pigeon Magazine - Jan/Feb 2007. pp. Pg14. 
  2. ^ Levi, Wendell (1977). The Pigeon. Sumter, S.C.: Levi Publishing Co, Inc. ISBN 0-85390-013-2. 
  3. ^ Seymour, Rev. Colin (Ed)(2006) Australian Fancy Pigeons National Book of Standards.