Somersaulting pigeons by Milena Pastreich (13 images)

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Pigeons are known more as pests than as athletic competitors, but a new documentary film is set to shine a spotlight on the birds that somersault for sport. Pigeon Kings, from Los Angeles-based filmmaker Milena Pastreich, focuses on the remarkable world of roller pigeons and the men who train them for competitions.

Roller pigeons originated in Birmingham, UK, where they were bred selectively for their ability to do backwards somersaults whilst flying, before the sport spread to...
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