indian fantail pigeon
The Indian Fantail is a breed of fancy pigeon developed over many years of selective breeding. Indian Fantails, along with other varieties of domesticated pigeons are all descendants from the rock pigeon (Columba livia).
The introduction of this variety to the United States was a strange one. In 1926. A shipment of four pythons was on its way to the San Diego Zoo in California from India. The journey over seas lasted many days and to ensure the reptiles didn’t go hungry, Indian Fantail pigeons, found exclusively in India until then, were given to the pythons as snake feed.
By the time the ship reached California, only two survived.