Encyclopedia of Life: http://eol.org/pages/1050069/overview
Brief introduction: The domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica) is one of the most common birds on Earth, located on every continent besides Antarctica. The sub-species sequenced was a breed known as the Danish Tumbler, a show pigeon with distinct color markings.
Zhang et al., Comparative Genomics Reveals Insights into Avian Genome Evolution and Adaptation. Science, (2014).
Jarvis et al., Whole Genome Analyses Resolve Early Branches in the Tree of Life of Modern Birds. Science, (2014).
Shapiro et al., Genomic Diversity and Evolution of the Head Crest in the Rock Pigeon. Science, (2013).