Shiraz Tumbler Pigeon Characteristics, Uses & Origin

The Shiraz Tumbler pigeon is a flying breed of domestic pigeon from Iran. It is originally from Shiraz in south central Iran.

The breed is also known by some other names such as Afghani Shirazi pigeon, Shakhsharli Tumblers, Shirazi, Shaik, Saksarli, and ‘lahouri‘ or ‘domgir‘ (in Isfahan).

The meaning of the word ‘Shakhsharli’ is “overdressed with beauty”, and the breed was named so mainly because of their natural beauty.

It is believed that the Shiraz Tumbler pigeon is a unique and one of the most beautiful pigeon breeds.

And it is also among the most stunning pigeon breeds available today. However, read some more information about this breed below.

Shiraz Tumbler Pigeon Appearance

The Shakhsharli or Shiraz Tumbler pigeon is a medium sized breed. It comes in four original or common colors: black, blue, red and yellow.

Although some other colors such as ash red and yellow, bronze, black and dun, blue and silver, cream bar, red bar and sulfur have also been bred.

Compared to other pigeon breeds, these birds have many different feathers. For example, the three patches of color on their head.

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One patch on the top of the head, and other two at each cheek. The patch on the top of the head is called a ‘skull patch’, and other two is called ‘cheek patches’.

Head of the Shiraz Tumbler pigeons is round and averagely large. They have black or dark brown eyes, but sometimes their eyes can also be of pearl or red colored.

Most of the birds have white head and neck to the breast line, forming a V shape. Their body is quite small, extended with broad breast.

They usually have muffed legs. Average live body weight of the mature Shiraz Tumbler pigeon is between 340-425 grams.


Shiraz Tumbler pigeon is a flying breed. It is also raised for exhibition and ornamental purposes.

Special Notes

The Shiraz Tumbler pigeons are excellent flyers. They are especially noted for their very beautiful appearance. They can fly up to 1-2 hours, depending on the training they are given at an early age.

But they can’t fly very high, and a few of them will tumble. The way Shiraz Tumbler pigeon fly is a combination of turning around the loft and going to a distance and keep coming back. They fly as a kit.

They are of very good behavior, and they can be tamed very well. So, the breed is very good for raising as pets. They grow relatively faster.

However, review full breed profile of the Shiraz Tumbler pigeon in the following chart.

Breed NameShiraz Tumbler
Other NameAfghani Shirazi pigeon, Shakhsharli Tumblers, Shirazi, Shaik, Saksarli, and ‘lahouri’ or ‘domgir’ (in Isfahan)
Breed PurposeFlying, ornamental, pets
Special NotesBeautiful birds with unique appearance, excellent flyers, good behavior, easily tamed, very good for raising as pets, grow faster
Breed ClassMedium
Weight340-425 grams
Climate ToleranceAll climates
Flying AbilityExcellent
As PetsVery good
ColorWhite with black, blue, red or yellow. Other colors are also found.
Country/Place of OriginIran

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