English Trumpeter Pigeon

The English Trumpeter pigeon is a breed of domestic fancy pigeon from United Kingdom. It was actually originated in England, and was developed over many years of selective breeding.

Name of this pigeon breed is misleading, because the modern breed is an American creation.

This breed and other varieties of domesticated pigeons, all are descendants from the wild or feral rock pigeon. It is very popular in it’s native area, and is one of the most popular pigeon breeds in the United States.

It is a very beautiful bird, and is regarded as one of the most ornamental breeds of fancy pigeon. The fancy pigeons described as ‘Trumpeters‘ have been described since at least the 1600s.

But those earlier birds were very different from the modern English Trumpeter pigeon. Read some more information about this beautiful pigeon breed below.

English Trumpeter Pigeon Appearance

The English Trumpeter pigeon is a small to medium sized bird with a well-shaped, cape-like crest that is thrown back on the head to expose the face.

On the other hand, face of the the Bokhara Trumpeter’s is hidden in sheepdog style beneath it’s topknot. The legs feathers, long muffs and a sweep of long feathers are common in both varieties.

Most distinguishing feature of the English Trumpeter pigeon breed are the very large muffs on it’s feet, which often grow to sizes close to it’s flight-feathers.

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Combining a tuft, crest and large muffs on their feet, they are challenging to breed. These birds are actually bred in a number of colors which are listed under self, splash and baldhead.

Average height of the English Trumpeter pigeon is around 28 cm. And average live body weight of the mature birds is around 370 grams. Photo and info from RightPet and Wikipedia.


This pigeon is used for show and ornamental purpose. It is also good for raising as pets.

Special Notes

The English Trumpeter pigeon is of very good behavior. These birds are usually gentle in nature and easily managed. So they are excellent for raising as pets.

It is a spectacular ornamental breed that catches the eye of everyone who sees it. They are actually shy and lazy and do not fly or breed well. They are mainly appreciated for their endearing appearance and sweet personality.

Today the breed is raised mainly as an ornamental breed and also good for show purpose. However, review full breed profile of this breed in the following chart.

Breed NameEnglish Trumpeter
Other NameNone
Breed PurposeOrnamental, exhibition, pets
Special NotesBeautiful birds, attractive appearance, excellent for exhibition purpose, good for ornamental purpose, good for raising as pets, calm and gentle in nature, easily managed, shy and lazy, can’t fly well, don’t breed well, sweet personality
Breed ClassSmall to medium
WeightAround 370 grams
Climate ToleranceAll climates
Flying AbilityPoor
As PetsGood
Country/Place of OriginUnited Kingdom, but the modern variety has developed from United States

1 thought on “English Trumpeter Pigeon”

  1. The English trumpeter has a bed in crooked toe so the feathers on its feet (muffs) will line up right. When Gene’s cross over, this gene makes a wing or both of them droop down below the wing. That bird is a cull.

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