OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Bird lovers from across the country flocked to Oklahoma City to celebrate a competition and revamped museum dedicated to the unlikeliest of feathered creatures: the pigeon.
The bird lovers were not celebrating the feral pigeon, viewed by many as a disease-ridden, excrement-prone nuisance that seems to multiply in droves.
These feathered fanatics were enamored with pigeons for their athleticism and beauty, and hundreds of them competed to find out whose were the best.
About 4,600 of the birds were on display at the event, considered the ultimate competition for fancy breeders.
The competition that ends Saturday was held just miles from the newly reopened American Pigeon Museum and Library. It features photographs and memorabilia telling the history of the bird, and the hobbies of breeding and racing pigeons.