The great pigeon show in Nuremberg
24th-26th of November 2006 was the great event in the German pigeon scene
and covered from no. 1, an aviary with blue-bronce laced Cauchois, to no.
33,524, a yellow laced Strasser hen, near to 34,000 pigeons.
An interesting starting point for
those interested in genetics always is the class for new breeds and new
color classes which includes the development of new breeds, new
colorations within an existing breed and the introduction of new foreign
breeds. The procedure is considered necessary to get them excepted as
standard breeds or colors. Otherwise in general they may not be shown at
exhibitions with some restrictive exception for the newly introduced AOC
class. There are two different procedures. Unknown colorations, new breeds
and not yet accepted foreign breeds usually have to be presented the first
time in a class “Sichtungen”, that means only to present the birds without
getting a judgement. If the breeding idea is accepted by the responsible
committee the birds are show the next year in the class “Vorstellungen =
presentation” and judged according to the continental system.
In the following a short review of
the pigeons presented in this class is given. The photos may be seen in
the report in German language in the same order.
From the French breed Gier silver
bars (diluted blue bar) in the monked variety and ash red checkered Soultz
Crests were presented with good results (50% very good sg) as additional
standard colors. White Soultz Crests were shown the first time and were
not yet as typical as the red checkers.
Carriers in black grizzle, blue
grizzle and red grizzle were announced, however, shown were more
pencil-like birds and not typical grizzles. The coloration “dark veined”
of the Danzig Highfliers is very similar to the presented birds. Red
veined Spaniards look also similar but are more distinct in the lacing and
have a red and not the whitish head of the Carriers shown. The birds were
a wild pack and it was near to impossible to make a good photo.
German Modena were shown in three
related colors, ice barred, ice barless and checkered. The former Italian
Modena since some years are named Triganino Modena and appeared in dark
(black T-patten) bronze shield. Up to now we have only three standard colors
from numerous existing in Italy in the German standard, e.g. the attractive black Gazzi
bronze bars. Saxon Croppers in light blue with white bars (dominant opal
blue bars) were appraised with good and very good as grades and had
considerably improved especially in the quality of the coloration in the
“Light grey with dark lacing”,
that is the translation of a color available in the Cologne Tumbler, and
that was the coloration shown under the incomplete heading
“dunkel-gesäumt” in the Turingian Shields. In addition some were shown in
an aviary. Genetically they are Spread reduced and they differed a little
bit in the intensity of their dark lacing. For sure the breeders will need
some lee-ways between a darker and lighter lacing. Cage no. 26370 (photo)
was at the darker end.
Thuringian Crests yellow barless
were presented (Sichtung) the second time. Glanztauben (Glance pigeons),
black with a peak crest, represented a heavier type compared to the first
entries and got in their majority grades of very good and good. Fire
pigeons, black with much glance, were still mentioned by the old German
literature of the 19th century (e.g. Neumeister) and are told
in the very old literature to have popped out in some strains of
Archangels. Plain headed black selfs also appear in the strains of South
German Tiger Heads today, that was the reason only to accept crested
Glance Pigeons and not plain-headed.
The Swiss Luzern Shield Pigeons
were exhibited in red laced (8) and yellow laced (1) and will add to the
still excepted standard colors. They are similar to red laced Old German
Shield Owls. I guess that most of them and also most of the red laced
Shield Owls genetically are Spread Ash, some of them resemble strawberry
which are also basically Spread Ash with different modifiers.
Arabian Trumpeters are very
popular and thus there is also the wish to get additional coloration
standard colors. At this exhibition ash yellow bars were shown in good
quality according to the grades. Altenburg Trumpeters were shown in “mehllicht”.
Mehllicht means “light like meal” and is genetically diluted blue bar with
a gold or yellow crescent at the breast.
Even African Owls appeared in a
new outfit, andalusian. Interesting was the presentation of Old-Oriental
Owls Satinette plain and peak crested in blue white bars and blue laced
with spot tails. They survived the modernization in the Balkans and seem
now to find new friends who prefer the more robust type of Owls which are
represented also in the following breeds. Barbarisi-Owls originate from
the North of Syria and are still accepted in the German Standard in
several colorations. In Nuremberg in addition blue checkers were
presented. Burmali Owls originate in Libanon and Syria and are peak
crested small birds. They have colored cheeks which cause often problems
with two-colored eyes. They have colored tails. The colors shown were blue
bar, blue check and ash red bar. Half of the Habul-Rumman-Owls were graded
with sg (very good). However, the pattern differed from white laced blue
over dark white laced to silver laced Starling pattern. The name means
pomegranate kernel and indicates the similarity of a sliced pomegranate to
the wing pattern.
Danzig Hochfliers magpies in red
and yellow were still shown before as were the dun and black Regensburg
Tumblers, colors which are added to the still existing reds and yellows.
Silver Felegyhazers will be a welcome addition to the still existing
colors like black, yellow, red and blue of this attractive Hungarian
breed. Genetically they are Spread milky.
North-Caucasian Tumblers with
black, red and yellow tails were still shown in the previous year. Blacks
were the more compact birds and had eye crests like the Pomeranian Eye
Crested Highflyers. Eye crests seem to be part of the genetic make-up.
Moscow Tumblers in black are
popular in Russia and an old breed. Compared to the similar Kaluga
Tumblers the beak is shorter and thicker, the eye ceres are also more
Bavarian Highfliers were shown as
white with red and yellow shields. There was no information given about
their ability to perform. In Russia similar shield tumblers exist.
Red Blagodar Rollers are
double-crested birds with a white head and also a white back, and last not
least ash yellow magpie tumblers made their attendance, all together more
than 200 entries.