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
- Berlin Long-faced Tumbler
- English Long-faced Tumbler
- English Short-faced Tumbler
- Indian Tumblers
- Iranian Highflying Tumbler
- Komorner Tumbler
- Krasnodar Tumbler
- Limerick Tumblers
- Vienna long-faced tumbler
- West of England Tumbler
- 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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