A family selling bird seeds rests in the shadows of a garage, while the pigeon market continues to buzz with business under a blazing sun.
In Jordan, pigeon keeping is a common sport, passionately practiced by people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Breeding and training pigeons to fly in flocks and respond to the trainer’s commands is a hobby Jordanians are willing to invest considerable time and money in. The pigeon market takes place once a week in the old part of Amman. Just when the first rays of light make a presence, collectors, dealers and even thieves rush to the streets of Downtown, looking for possible deals. Finding the sleekest and fittest breeds requires knowledge and experience… and of course, a good dose of bargaining!