Nun Pigeons, also known as English Nun pigeon, Coquille Hollandais, Englische Nonne, Conchiglia Inglese, Нун, is an English-derived variety whose prototype was introduced to Europe in the 16th century. Varieties belonging to the Tumbler pigeon species are very popular.
Nun pigeons are already mentioned in author Aldrovandi’s books around 1600 and Moore’s around 1750, with the latter also depicting a first drawing of a Nun. Pigeons in eighteenth-century paintings also look very similar to today’s nuns. According to Messrs Spruijt and Van Gink, he reported that as early as 1923, Nonduif was born in the Netherlands.
The Nun pigeon has a white body with colored markings in one of seven recognized colors: black, red, taupe, yellow, blue, blue silver, and ash silver. The markings are on the head, tail, chest and flight feathers. The head is colored towards the inside of the hood and is rounded halfway to the chest like a large apron, otherwise it should all be the same colour.
It has been widely grown in various countries of Europe, America and Asia. This variety has good flying abilities, but is now practically used as a show pigeon.