“Best bird” classification – a true reflection of the “best” bird or not??

All organisations award a best bird title. Various categories are awarded – old bird / young bird / distance winners etc.

We have been privileged to have won various of these titles over the years.

BUT – Is the current way these titles are awarded fair towards the pigeons (and fanciers) – OR are we simply classifying a “best” bird based on the bird that could accumulate the most points in a season… Is that really the “best” bird??

Scenario 1

Fancier A is a “double man” – he flies his birds every week without resting them. He has a hen that scores weekly (and sometimes misses). At the end of the season this bird was raced 15 times and scored 10 times. She is crowned best bird because she has the most points on the board. A remarkable pigeon that could score so many times – but could she maybe have been beaten – see Scenario 2 below…

Scenario 2

Fancier B rests his birds between races. Thus he will never double up a pigeon. He’s got a hen that scores every time she is entered. She consistently scores top positions but is only raced 7 times the season. She finished high in the best bird standings but not close to being crowned best bird.

Thinking out loud

As can be seen from the two examples – the fancier makes the decision on entry. And yes it’s everyone’s right to decide when and how to race your birds. No problem with either way of doing it – it’s your choice.

To be fair to the pigeon – would it not be a better approach to decide best bird on average points scored? This would be tricky because you would have to know how many times the bird was entered and also set some parameters – ie. must have raced at least 4 times. You do not want a once off flash in the pan union winner to be crowned best bird…

Example using scenario 1 and 2

Scenario 1 : Entered 15 times. Accumulated 500 points. Average = 33.33 points per outing

Scenario 2 : Entered 7 times. Accumulated 350 points. Average = 50.00 points per outing

Winner: Scenario 2


This method could be an alternative to the norm. Maybe not feasible now but with the live clocking systems making headway we could in the next few years be able to easily do this.



6135 – SUMO

She scored the following Union positions in two seasons:

GROVE HOKKE 6135 1 5 1631.959 466112
GROVE HOKKE 6135 1 1 1221.344 276997
GROVE HOKKE 6135 2 8 1060.753 649613
GROVE HOKKE 6135 2 18 1216.846 707736
GROVE HOKKE 6135 3 20 1228.511 867547
GROVE HOKKE 6135 5 15 1452.363 649613
GROVE HOKKE 6135 5 8 1018.847 649641
GROVE HOKKE 6135 6 41 1306.064 658975
GROVE HOKKE 6135 6 22 1234.98 381606
GROVE HOKKE 6135 8 30 1124.845 482256