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Usually, Muggles associate pigeons with mail delivery.

Most mentions I recall in Potter wizarding world use owls for this.

Is there something special about owls in Potterverse that they have monopoly on this that excludes other birds? Or do wizards use other birds as well, and owls are merely a convention/habit?

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There’s at least one canonical mention of this, near the beginning of Goblet of Fire:

Harry had received two letters from Sirius since he had been back at Privet Drive. Both had been delivered, not by owls (as was usual with wizards), but by large, brightly colored tropical birds.

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