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A pigeon looks for a landing spot while joining his flock for a bath in a puddle in Manchester in this 2013 file photo.
For races, competing birds are tagged and taken to a location between 60 miles and more than 1,000 miles away from home. The birds are released from the same location and are supposed to fly back to their various coops. The time and distance are recorded and the fastest bird is declared the winner.