This is an ancient breed originated in the city of Esfahan , Iran , probably thousands of years ago.
These Birds are the ancestors to what is called today in the west as Lahore.
These Birds found their way to Europe through India where they were called Shirazi, maybe because the first import to India in 19th century was from the city of Shiraz in Iran.
Unlike the exhibition Lahore of today, these
Birds are very good Homer type flyers.
In Iran they are famous for their breath taking Color pattern, their intelligence and fantastic short distant homing instinct. They fly fast just like homers do and find home up to 100 miles away.
Esfahan is an ancient city and one of the oldest in Iran where this breed originated. This Breed is very popular in Iran mainly in Esfahan and Shiraz where fanciers have kept this breed pure for thousands of years.
Today one can find beautiful specimen of Esfahani pigeons mainly in Blue and Black.
They are small to medium size birds , clean legged , smooth headed or crested, bred for their color marking but mainly for their homing ability.
I want to thank Mr. Hasan Boromand for sharing these beautiful pictures with us.