Pigeons

Why has this pigeon been bought for $1.4 million?

Armando has been described as the 'Lewis Hamilton' of racing pigeons
A champion racing pigeon has been sold for a record $1.42m - beating the previous most valued pigeon by nearly $1 million. 

The auction house Pipa called Armando the "best Belgian long-distance pigeon of all time".

So, why is Armando so valuable? Ian Evans - boss of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association in the UK - told Newsday's Alan Kasujja.

(Photo: Armando the racing pigeon. Credit: PA)

Derelict house could help target problem pigeons

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Carl Jackson

A solution's been proposed to tackle a rising pigeon problem in part of Birmingham - turn over an abandoned house to them and allow for a controlled cull.

Pigeons on a roof in Sparkhill
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It comes after complaints to Birmingham City Council from people in Sparkhill about a huge flock of the birds.

Their arrival is being blamed on some locals enjoying feeding them or being reluctant to throw away excess food.

Sign saying stop feeding pigeons in Sparkhill park
BBC

The city council has put up signs in the local park telling people not to feed the birds and now the founder of a local pest control firm has suggested relocating them.

Alan Ames, of the Ames Group, has suggested to the authority that they find a nearby derelict house or even an unused loft and open it as a pigeon coop.

He said it would allow a cull to take place in a safe and controlled way.

£2,000 court bill for woman who overfed pigeons and gulls

wood pigeon
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A Trowbridge woman has been ordered to pay £2,000 in court fees and fines for overfeeding pigeons and gulls in her back garden over a period of two years.

Maureen Francis of Langford Road in the town breached a community protection order which restricted the amount of food she left out for the birds to a single bird feeder.

She was convicted in her absence at Salisbury magistrates and fined £500 and ordered to pay £1,600 in costs.