Video: liberation of over 50,000 pigeons in Silves (Portugal)

Every year around this time, one of the biggest releases of racing pigeons in the world takes place. This race is organised by the Oporto Association in Silves in the Algarve (Portugal).

This year, over 50,000 pigeons (7 trucks) were liberated at 8:00 for a race of about 450 kilometres. They have to fly to the Oporto district, in which many Portuguese fanciers live. The weather conditions during liberation: good visibility, south wind (tail wind), pleasant temperatures.

This race is the fifth race on this year's Portuguese racing calendar and the most important race in the Oporto district.