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What looks to be a normal gray pigeon, but somehow rainbow?
I took this photo 10 years ago but only just found Project Noah. Always wanted to know what was going on!
"Columba livia" is the correct scientific name, sub-species domesticus.
I remember checking into this about 10 years ago and it was a thing then too.
Here's what's going on in Spain where "..the eccentric world of Spanish pigeon racers, who hand-paint their birds in neon colours and send them off to woo a female. The champion pigeon is the one that woos most chivalrously"
What we can say is this pigeon probably belongs (or belonged) to someone.
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Probably captured, dyed, banded and released
This often happens when bird traders want to fool gullible people. Why banded and released is not clear. Ihave seen munis birds coloured like this.
Spotted on May 13, 2011
Submitted on May 14, 2021