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Blue Bar Baldhead by J.D. Dundee.

About the NBRC

The National Birmingham Roller Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the flying and breeding of the Birmingham Roller Pigeon. Through a combination of regional and national events, the NBRC fosters a camaraderie within its members.

With members in every state and across several countries, the NBRC strives to unite the breeders of Birmingham Rollers with the goal of sharing and learning from each other and from our birds.

Every year the culmination of our passion to breed top performers is exemplified with the National Championship Fly. During the early fall, hundreds of competitors across the country fly their best kits in hopes of landing a coveted qualifying position for the final fly.


NBRC  Auction featuring Rick Mee Birmingham Rollers.

We have a new auction started on February 7 and running through February 23. Rick Mee is auctioning off some of his Birmingham Rollers.  These are birds that Rick has decided can be parted with, which will be a benefit for those that purchase any. These have been very good kit birds and there will be no pedigrees given out on these birds. For those that do not know Rick, he is currently 5th on the master flier list. Rick’s birds have done well throughout the country. Rick will ship any of the birds within the USA for an additional $70 which includes a new shipping box. Please do not miss out on this opportunity to purchase some good birds before breeding season. 


Spot-light on a member!

History is made in the 2019 National Championship Fly!


The NBRC Championship Fly is over! 

Congratulation to Region 5’s Dennis Blackmore on winning both the 20 Bird Championship and 11 Bird Championship on the same day!!! Dennis scored 730.24 pts with a 1.6 quality x 1.4 depth multiplier in the 20 Bird Fly. A couple of hours later he scored 408 pts in the 11 Bird Fly to win both crowns!

This has never happened before in NBRC Fly history. Rick Mee from Texas took 2nd in both 1 year and Ron Swart from Washington took 2nd in both 1 year.

An amazing feat by Dennis and what a feeling it must be for him to first win the 20 Bird and then follow up with the 11 Bird win! You did it, Dennis!.

Don M NBRC President/Fly Director


For a detailed article on the fly by Mark Fields, click here:   Dennis Blackmore fly

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What is a Birmingham Roller Pigeon?

John McDougall’s Flying American Roller – black beard OC. Photo from 1989. I first started flying rollers in 1944. These blacks were developed from a red cock × black hen that Bill Schreiber gave me around 1972

The Birmingham Roller Pigeon is a domesticated member of the bird family Columbidae. In particular, the Roller distinguishes itself by its ability to “roll”, or summersault backwards in rapid, tight rotations. The rolling can be so fast on its axis that the pigeon resembles a ball of feathers spinning in mid-air.

Birmingham Rollers, like all domestic pigeons, possess a homing ability which drives them to return to where they feel safe and where they find sustenance. With this natural ability, enthusiasts launch groups (also known as kits) of Rollers into the air to watch and awe at their synchronized acrobatics. During the competition, these birds are judged on a variety of factors, including the number of birds rolling simultaneously, the depth of the roll, and the quality of the roll, as well as “kitting” (grouping or flocking) ability.

Noted past rollerman and judge Nick Siders shared this short article edited from a writing by Graham Dexter.

What does a proper Birmingham Roller need to do to be worth watching?

The roller should roll over backwards holding its wings up to a parallel point at the top of its axis and on the wings on the downstroke should also finish when parallel. This gives the illusion, if fast enough, of a smooth spinning ball. When seen from below it may present as a spinning ‘H’ or if the wings go slightly the parallel position it may look like an ‘A’. When the wings do not reach a full parallel point before commencing the downward stroke it may appear like an ‘X’ from below. For most novices, the most important thing to note is that when the bird is rolling and viewed from the side at a right angle, it should give the impression of either a solid ball or a ball with a hole through the middle.

Pensom’s ‘considerable distance’ should be long enough for the viewer to see it start, notice its shape, speed, and style, and whether the bird stops correctly. If the roll is too short the viewer will not have enough time to do all this.

The proper Birmingham Roller should start cleanly and sharply in the roll, roll in a straight line, show no change in speed or style throughout the duration of the roll, and stop cleanly, facing the same direction the kit is flying.

The bird should be capable of rolling frequently at least once a minute or more often. More important it should roll with the kit and as often as it rolls and should be able to roll throughout the duration of the fly. – Graham Dexter (edited)


J. Leroy Smith standing at table on right of table with glasses, William Penson on left sitting on table, Howard Mcully on left kneeling and Stan Plona on right in white shirt