Helmet pigeon

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Crested helmet pigeon.jpg
Red helmet
Conservation status Common
US Breed Group Fancy
This breed has several minor variations: medium face, short face, plainhead and crested.

The Helmet is a breed of fancy pigeon developed over many years of selective breeding.[1] Helmets, along with other varieties of domesticated pigeons, are all descendants from the rock pigeon (Columba livia). The breed has medium face, short face, plain-head and crested varieties.[2] Helmet pigeons have been referenced since the early 15th century and appear to have origins in Germany. The modern varieties were refined in the latter 20th century.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Levi, Wendell (1977). The Pigeon. Sumter, S.C.: Levi Publishing Co, Inc. ISBN 0-85390-013-2. 
  2. ^ Seymour, Rev. Colin (Ed)(2006) Australian Fancy Pigeons National Book of Standards.
  3. ^ American Helmet Association