Cloud of 70,000 pigeons to make its way to Portugal this weekend

They will be let loose in Valencia, Spain, on Saturday and then the race will be on to see which make it home to Portugal first.

This second “long-distance” pigeon race is taking place under the banner of the Portuguese federation of “Columbofilia”, taken from the Latin for carrier pigeon: Columba livia.

The 70,000 birds are either on their way to Spain already, or will be within hours, in a fleet of 15 specially-equipped trucks.

As newspapers report, these birds can travel distances of between 500 and 800 kilometres, without taking so much as a wrong turn.

Their release on Saturday will be simultaneous – hence the idea that the sky will be suddenly invaded by a veritable flapping cloud.

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