Srpski visokoletac (Serbian High Flying Pigeon)
This is one of the oldest pigeon indigenous breeds, but it is at the same time considered to be the best high flying pigeon in Serbia. It has descended from the Turkish fliers which were accepted by Serbian breeders after the Turks’ retreat from Serbia and interbred with existing pigeon breeds. The basic aim of selection was to develop a pigeon whose flight would be high, long and circular. According to some data, the breed was developed around 1800 in the region of Central Serbia, while the first standard was established in 1972. Its colour varies from white, through all shades of grey, to black. Pigeons of yellow and copper-red colour in all shades are not infrequent. It is characteristic for its long flight which can last over 12 hours at 800-1500 meters.
Niski visokoletac (Nis High Flying Pigeon)
After the liberation of the city of Nis from Turkish occupation, the pigeon breeders from that period began developing new pigeon breeds. This particular breed was developed around 1800 by selection and interbreeding local pigeons with Turkish fliers. According to some data from around 1890, some breeders interbred their pigeons with high flying pigeons from Greece and the north of Africa, thus improving exterior features and the length of this pigeon’s flight. The first description of this breed was published in 1954. Its colours can be: black, red, blue, grey and blue, yellow, white and different shades of the mixture of these colours. The main characteristic of this pigeon breed is group circular flight which is steady and high and which lasts for 8 or more hours. (Photo: Nebojša Antanasijević)
Somborski plavosrcasti letac (Sombor Blue-heart Flier)
The development of this breed began in 1928 in Sombor. This breed was developed by interbreeding high flying pigeons from Backa Topola and fliers from Stapar. This breed is characteristic for swiftly making circles while flying in large flocks at low or middle heights. Most often, their flight lasts for 1-2 hours, but frequently it lasts even longer. It is blue in colour which should be as light as possible. It also has white colour on the head, neck, under the neck in the shape of a bib, on the wings, on the bottom part of the body and on the back.
Backi prevrtac (Backa Tumbler)
This breed was developed at the south of Backa near the end of the 19th century by interbreeding Erdelj Tumbler with Segedin High Flying Pigeon. The main characteristic of this pigeon breed is very fast backward tumbling during the flight. It flies in small groups of 2-5 pigeons, reaches greater heights and tumbles 5-6 times in succession. It is bred in the following colours: black, red, yellow, white, blue, silver-blue and grey. (Photo: Nebojša Antanasijević)
Vrsacki prevrtac (Vrsac Tumbler)
This breed was developed at the beginning of the 20th century by interbreeding different breeds of tumblers from Turkey, Bulgaria, Russia and Poland. This pigeon flies in flocks at the same height as a swallow. Its flight most often lasts for an hour, sometimes more. It should tumble as often as possible but keep the desirable height at the same time. It tumbles backwards over the head.