Paris Hilton

“I just love feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square; I could do that forever. I even prefer it to going shopping.”

Singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder

Elizabeth Taylor in Trafalgar Square

Taylor’s appearance with bird seed continued a long-established tradition of feeding a flock that peaked at a population of 35,000.


A princesa Antoinette de Monaco

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 como presidente activissima da Sociedade protectora dos animais de Monaco, opôs-se sempre terminantemente a que o servico de higiene do principado recorresse aos métodos bárbaros praticados pelas sociedades especialistas na captura e exterminio dos pombos.

Found this e-mail on my computer from Connie.

If you know of any other famous pigeon keepers let us know we would be happy to list them.

Noah – may not have raced pigeons because of the lack of

competitors, but we know he raised them.

 Roy Rogers – his pigeons may have helped inspire “Happy Trails” (we

would like to think so)

King George the V

The Scepter of the Dove is a rod of gold measuring over three feet in length. At the top is a gold orb studded with diamonds. From this rises a golden cross on which sits a white enameled dove with gold eyes, which represents the Holy Spirit. The Scepter of the Dove symbolizes justice and mercy. It’s held in the left hand of the Monarch of the Commonwealth of Nations.

 Queen Elizabeth II – The royal lofts are still being maintained

today with Golden Jubilee One Loft Race and a website.

Elvis Presley – (The King of Rock n’ Roll) Maybe that famous leg

shake came from watching a pigeon dance.

Ray Price – (country singer) still maintains birds in East Texas

Mike Tyson – (boxer) Flights Rollers and Clean Leg Tumblers) At one

time belonged to the Eastern Tumbler Club. Still has a mixed stock

of many kinds of pigeons

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Terry Bradshaw – Champion quarter back (4 times in Super Bowl) for

Pittsburgh Steelers. Now a Sport Commentator.

Marlon Brando – (actor) How many pigeons do you imagine have been

named God Father?

Marlon Brando pigeon - index

Yul Bryner – (actor) I have seen a Bald Eagle but have yet to lay

eyes on a Bald Pigeon.  Kept several fancy breeds including Oriental

Rollers at his home in France.

Tony Curtis – (actor)  There is a long held story of two famous

actors chasing big game fishing in the Southwest of Western

Australia, the port of Albany to be exact. Before the whaling

station was closed and probably now almost 30 years ago, there were

huge white pointer sharks frequenting the area and our two actors

were allegedly down there chasing them. Word has it that one of our

well known Albany fanciers was paid a visit by the pair, in their

spare time, asking to see his pigeons. A knock on the door and he

opened it to front Lee Marvin and Tony Curtis.

Charles Darwin – (theorist) Scientist and Author whose writings

include ” On the Origin of Species (1859) The Descent Of Man (1871),

The Voyage Of The Beagle (1909)” and a “A variety of plants and

animals under domestication”. Together with Wallace, offered the

theory of evolution. Darwin kept all kinds of breeds and who showed

us that all breeds can be traced to Columba livia, the wild rock

dove. He had a loft with a variety of fancy breeds which he used to

experiment and develop his hypothesis of “Theory of Domestication”

using selective breeding techniques. He was an active member of some

London pigeon clubs, and reference to his pigeons and his scientific

results is published and available on-line. Hans questions whether

there was a “theory of domestication” as such.

Andy Devine – (actor) Reported to have been in the same racing

pigeon club as Roy Rogers.

Walt Disney -Famous for his “white” birds. They were some of the

original Belgian Pletinckx of the early ’60’s. They are reportedly

beautiful, very fast, and cross well with other strains including

Stassarts, Devriendts, and Janssens .The lofts are still maintained

at Disneyland in Southern California (Anaheim) and the birds are

still flown & displayed. The lofts there are reported to be part of

the parks original architecture. The loft at Disney World is on the

property. There are also lofts at Disney World in Florida although

here the lofts and birds are maintained by a fancier who lives a

short distance from the park. The California State Racing Pigeon

Organization has a flying award (The Disney award) that was

originally sponsored by him or started in his honor. Walt Disney was

awarded the NPA Levi Service Award for the movie “Pigeon Fly Home”.

NOTE:the walt disney world loft was ALWAYS located on property and

maintained by disney employees.  But it was closed down about two

years ago due to Hawks.

George Foreman – (boxer) (World Champion Boxer) was very interested

in racing pigeons and did get some from George Girdler in Texas.

Willi Brandt –  former German Chancellor, was a keen pigeon fancier.

As a Socialist (Social Democrat) he had to flee Germany under the

Nazis and did so by going to Norway. After the war he returned to

Germany, eventually became mayor of Berlin and ultimately the first

Social Democrat Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Marvelous Marvin Hagler – (boxer) Rollers? Our informant

states “Back in the 70s, I attended a pigeon show at Joe Curran’s

House in Worcester, Massachusetts, where I met a young man, named

Marvin who was suppose to be an up and coming boxer. Years later, I

was told that Marvin mentioned his love for pigeons in an interview”.

Michael Landon – (actor)  produced and starred in the movie “Where

Pigeons Go to Die”. It also starred Art Carney. The film was mostly

made in Kansas where they contacted Bill Bonwell, who was then AU

Legal Advisor. Mr. Bonwell and the racing fanciers in Kansas

supplied most of the pigeons for the movie. At the same time Jim

Jenner was in the process of producing “Marathon in the Sky” and

Bonwell put Landon & Jenner in contact with each other. Jenner

loaned Landon the aerial pigeon shots in exchange for Landon

narrating “Marathon in the Sky”. He is reported to have been a very

avid fancier and flyer.

Alan Jordaan –  Manager of the South African Cricket Team (Racing


Gypsy Rose Lee– (Queen of Strippers) She kept Fantails

Irene Brown – who keeps Homers and Danzig Highfliers. She’s famous

for her studies upon pigeons. (Cornell University, NY, USA)

Lee Marvin (actor)

Willie Mays – (baseball player) U.S. Baseball Player. I don’t know

if Willie had, or has pigeons, but he appeared in ad that ran in the

Pigeon Debut, for the Flight Club around the New York City area.

Monet – (artist)

Wayne Newton – (actor) Or as he is called here in Las Vegas, Mr. Las

Vegas. a famous American entertainer that had pigeons as a boy. He

had homers, rollers, tumblers and high flyers.

Pablo Picasso – (artist) who kept Fantails. Picasso loved pigeons so

much that he named his daughter Paloma, which means pigeon in

Spanish. Picasso’s father also kept pigeons and specialized in

painting the same.

Johnny Otis – (jazz and blues musician) of California. Johnny is a

jazz/rhythm and blues musician, who, along with other musicians of

his era, is credited with developing the beginnings of rock n’ roll.

Johnny (around 70 years of age) continues to breed Saxon Fairy

Swallows (Wing Pigeons) and has strong ties with Southern California

Color Pigeon breeders such as Bill Griebel and Leon Stephens. He

also continues to perform his music and was recently nominated for a

Grammy Award.

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward – may have been more involved, but

didn’t like the autograph hounds, at the one show they attended they

were “swamped” by fans in the showroom. Ms Woodward was very

interested in pigeon racing and competition, but this incident

turned them off.

Clint Eastwood – (actor) At least there was a Clint Eastwood that

raised rollers (maybe still does) but there is some question as to

whether this is the same one as of Dirty Harry Fame.

Scott Baio – (U.S. Actor), Played in TV Show, Happy Days and many

other series over the years. He had flying Flights in Brooklyn with

his dad.

Bles Bridges (Singer), the most well known Afrikaans singer in South

Africa owned some great Stichelbauts (Racing Homers).

Nicola Tesla. – ( American electricity pioneer) He designed the

hydro-electric plant at Niagara Falls for Westinghouse. Our

informant says “I don’t think he raised or bred them, but I know he

loved pigeons. He was kicked out of a few high brow Hotels for that,

he would bring in injured birds and try to rehab them in the room.

There are a number of references in the books on this marvelous man.

Any way he was definitely a pigeon fancier.”

Maurizo Gucci – (fashion designer) a famous Italian fashion

designer. His products are sold in the most upscale stores in the

world. He is also a fancier of show pigeons who is on record as

having paid more than $10,000 for an American bird.

Jimmy Smits– (actor) US TV show NYPD blues. He is also reputed to

have narrated the second video on pigeons produced by Jenner “our

oldest feathered friend”. He made an appearance at the NPA National

this year. Racing Homers is his game. 

Gordan Richards – (top Jockey)

Bill Lawry – Australian cricket captain and one of the worlds top

cricket commentators still races his birds in Victoria, Australia

Bob Guilteon – a Davis cup tennis player.  his birds were sought

world wide, his birds bred the champion bird of Taiwan a couple of

years ago

The Sultan of Jahore

The King of Belgium– and his family

President Mitterands – or his brother raced – President of France

Andy Capp – famous cartoon character

Prince Bernard  – of the Netherlands, Consort of Queen Juliana and

father of Queen Beatrix. Prince Bernhard has his own loft with

pigeons which are raced during the season and also very often show

up at racing pigeon shows, The loft has a special proprietary card

with a little crown on it which shows that that is a pigeon form the

royal loft, these are often sold on charity exhibitions in the

Netherlands. Prince Bernhard is also one of the leaders of the Dutch

World Nature Federation (WNF) which is a sub division of the WWF.

Prof. Herbst  – He is a Racing Horse owner and won the biggest and

most prestigious horse race in Africa (the Durban July) this year

with his horse Classic Flag. Made him a Millionaire (again)


Dr. Willard F. Hollander–  who knows more about the genetic make-up

of pigeons than anyone else alive.

Gerald Durrel – Of the Jersey Wildlife Fund who rescued the Pink

pigeon from near extinction. He is perhaps best known as the author

of “My Family and Other Animals”.

Jeff Fenech – (World Champion Boxer)  Former IBF Bantamweight

Champion, Former WBC Super Bantamweight Champion, Former WBC

Featherweight Champion. Purchased Rollers from Sydney Performing

Roller Club … Our informant believes his son raises them.

Virginia Graham– U.S. talk show host years ago. Breed unknown

Karl Hagenbeck– who kept all kinds of breeds at his zoo in Hamburg,

Germany. Hagenbeck was the first or among the first to do away with

cages at his zoo, using moats instead.

Boet Troskie– Famous for the movie he made “THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY”

Suleiman the Magnificent –  who kept fancy breeds at his palace in

Instanbul, Turkey.

Alexander Alexandrovich Romanova III – the Batiushka-Tsar of Russia

kept his pigeons in a house like a small palace at Gatchina until

his sad and surprising death in the Crimea in 1894. These pigeons

were named “Ostanski Golubi” and “Pokrovski” that he acquired from

his brother Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich Romanova after

watching them fly as the young Tsarevich at Tsarskoe Selo.

The Counts Orloff   of the early part of this century (Russia).

They imported rare(r) breeds of pigeons from the Middle East and

parts of the Russian empire and are credited for having “maintained”


Samuel Pepys – Diarist and one of the most important naval

administrators in England’s history

Senator Hilaire La Haye, Secretary to the Belgium Govt, he named his

birds after prominent members of the Belgium Govt, his gold ring of

Belgium ** monsieur Spaak ** he gifted to Marcel Desmet in the early


Roy Rogers E-mail

Hello, again…

    On a 1992 trip to DisneyLand w/ my family, we stopped by Roy Rogers’ museum in Apple Valley, CA. I had heard that he used to fly the birds…When I wrote and then phoned to see if I could have a few minutes to interview him for the RPB, I got lucky…His then-long-time-sect’y was from Billings. She set it up, for me.

    Roy arrived every AM (back then) about 10AM, picked up his mail, then hung around for a while to greet folks and pose for photos. After about 30 minutes of that, he told me, “Let’s go.” And away we went. We took a walk. The museum is huge. It’s not just a museum to himself & Dale..It’s a tribute to all of our old Saturday afternoon matinee heroes…You name one, he has a showcase. Role models like today’s kids don’t have, sad to say.

    He treated me like an old friend. There’s one entire showcase devoted to his pigeon-racing days. And another for his coon-hunting days. He took Dale coon-hunting on their HONEYMOON NIGHT. But he talked about everying, like how they lost a son to alcohol poisoning in the service, a kid who’d never had a drink ‘til his “buddies” got him really plastered, then dumped him in his bunk to die. Like the Roy of old, on Sat. afternoon, those steely, squinty eyes glared, and he clinched his fists and said, “I’d still like to get my hands on those guys..”.

   He flew the birds w/ Andy Devine as his partner. He was then w/ the Sons of the Pioneers. But he had to give it up, when he began to make the movies and was away for too long. But he really loved the sport/hobby.

   I was with him for maybe an unheard-of hour…I think my interview and photos appeared in a July 1992 issue of the RPB, and I don’t even have a copy. My oversight. But I do have a framed 8X10 of him with all of us that morning, which we treasure.

     Sermon: It’s an indictment of our society, that Roy & Gene and Hopalong and Lash and Sunset and The Durango Kid have been replaced in the eyes and hearts of our children, by the likes……………………………………………………………………………………element is a greater theat to the moral future of our society, and our nation, than AlQueda…

Enough preaching…

   I’m a lucky boy, to have been in Roy’s company for that treasured hour, and to have shared his flying memories…If ever you’re in Apple Valley, CA, check it out…

Jim Nichols, Billings, MT


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