Originally Posted by scuba0095
that they band together and chase hawks? and that is what they are bred for? A pigeon breeder just told me had some recently and that is what they do...
What would they do if they caught them?
Swifts are flying breeds from Egypt and Syria. The Egyptians have long loose feathers and huge wings. Their weight is average for a pigeon (Syrians are somewhat larger) but they look quite large and long.
Some of the feral pigeons from that part of the world are also long in body and wing. It makes me wonder if it isn't yet another remarkable adaptation to a given climate in that this may ease a very long flight to food or water. There are several breeds from the middle east that have this length to body and wing. Being named Swift may also indicate a fast flier which might come in handy with desert winds and many falcons.