'Fancy' pigeons are all domesticated varieties of the rock pigeon - the pigeon most commonly seen on the streets around the world. They're bred by pigeon fanciers for various traits like size, shape, colour and behaviour. 

It's estimated that there are now 800 pigeon breeds around the world; no other domestic animal has branched out into such a wide variety of spectacular forms and colours. 

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