The tradition of housing pigeons in man-made structures continued until the 20th century and is described in more detail in the Dovecotes article.
The pigeon was domesticated not only for its ability to return home and as a source of food and by-products, but also for the purposes of sport.
Bird Order: Columbiformes Family: Columbidae (includes 315 different species) Subspecies: C. The earliest reference to the pigeon being used to carry messages dates back to 2500 BC and the tradition has continued throughout history.
During the excavation of an Egyptian tomb in 3000 BC, the bones of pigeons were found in what is thought to have been the remains of a funerary meal.
Most Common: Feral Pigeon - 10-15 million in Europe. Habitat: The wild pigeon is found in coastal areas and the feral pigeon is found almost exclusively in areas of human habitation. Wood pigeons have a varied diet which includes vegetables and berries. The feral pigeon found in urban areas exists exclusively on a diet of seed (normally from human sources) and human refuse, such as fast food waste.Man has found many sporting uses for the pigeon throughout history, with the earliest known example being the sport of Triganieri.It is unclear when this ancient sport first started, but the early Greeks and Romans are believed to have participated in it.