In Turkey pigeons can be a life's passion

For many they are a nuisance, but for some in Turkey, pigeons are more than just companions. They are a way to earn a very lucrative living.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Ismail Ozbek, 23, poses for a photograph with one of his pigeons in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 10, 2016. (File photo)

Updated Jan 24, 2017

Pigeon racing is taking off in Istanbul, and some people have had great success breeding and racing them – and making money as well.

TRT World's Flora Bradley-Watson went down to a local "pigeon market" to find out what makes a bird worth big bucks.