The West of England Tumbler pigeon is a breed of domestic fancy pigeon from United Kingdom. It was developed over many years of selective breeding. And the breed along with other varieties of domesticated pigeons, all are descendants from the rock pigeon. It was actually developed in England in Bristol and the surrounding West Country in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is a remarkable dual purpose pigeon breed which is good for both flying and exhibition purposes.
Today, most of the West of England Tumbler pigeons are bred in the United States, and are a popular show birds. They are very well-regarded as a reliable breeders, and it is probably the main reason for their growth in popularity with the American fanciers. Although there are many fanciers in the British Isles who are interested in this flying bird. The breed is well known for their ability to fly very high (almost to the point of disappearing in the sky) in the British Isles. Similar to the modern Birmingham Roller Pigeons, the early West of England Tumbler pigeon could perform well in teams known as ‘kits’.
These birds were flown for up to twelve hours, according to some records from the nineteenth century, and they were trained to go extremely high. Currently some breeders are working to develop the West of England Tumbler pigeons which don’t go quite as high as the traditional birds, which is sometimes described as going up to become a speck in the sky. Read some more information about the breed below.
West of England Tumbler Pigeon Appearance
West of England Tumbler pigeon is an average sized breed. It is a very beautiful and colorful bird with a very attractive white or pearl eyes. The birds have muffs on their legs which are also very attractive. Currently it is mainly bred as a show bird in the United States, with emphasis on the interesting colors, markings and patterns. The breed is actually available in many color varieties.
Average height of the mature West of England Tumbler pigeons is between 20 and 23 cm. And the mature birds on average weight between 255 and 340 kg. Photo and info from RightPet and Wikipedia.
The West of England Tumbler pigeon is a dual purpose breed. It is raised and used for both flying and exhibition purposes.
The West of England Tumbler pigeon is well known for it’s natural tameness and relatively calm attitude. It is one of the easier fancy pigeons for beginners to raise and bred with success. The breed can also be good as pets if properly cared, but be aware of the predators. The West of England Tumbler pigeons are excellent flyers, and they turn or tumble occasionally. Although they are a high flying performing birds, but they may not tumble so persistently as some other breeds. Average lifespan of these birds is about 7-10 years. However, review full breed profile of the West of England Tumbler pigeon in the following chart.
West of England Tumbler Pigeon | Breed Profile
|Breed Name||West of England Tumbler|
|Breed Purpose||Flying, exhibition|
|Special Notes||Well known for it’s natural tameness, relatively calm in temperament, easy to care, good choice for beginners, good as pets, excellent flyers, tumble occasionally|
|Breed Class||Medium to large|
|Climate Tolerance||Native climates|
|Country/Place of Origin||United Kingdom|