Return to the Pigeon Cote     The Giant Runt is the largest of the domestic pigeon family. The Carneau is another very large pigeon The Capuchine is not a bird of size, but rather of grandeur The Ancient The Chinese Owl isn't from China The Fantail breed originated in India The American Fantail has been highly modified This breed, the Mookee, is also from India The Voorburg Cropper is a fairly new breed The Pomeranian Pouter has a very large crop The Gimple the most brilliantly colored pigeons of them all The Nun was once known as the Dutch Shell Pigeon Frillbacks are an old breed The Komorner Tumbler origianted in Germany The Hungarian Oriental Frills are the jewels of the pigeon world The American Show Racer The English Show Homer

The NPA Grand National:Lancaster 1997

The Chinese Owl:

Although you might expect the Chinese Owl to be from China, it isn't. Where it did originate is not really known for certain, but Spain and India are two candidates. What is known is that the name Chinese Owl was crafted by the French pigeon dealer Destriveaux. He sold some "Chinese Owls" to King Prosche of Germany in 1865. The King bred them his entire life and was instrumental in the development of this unique owl breed. Today you can find Chinese Owl breeders all over the world.

This bird is a blue bar, so called because of its color (blue) and its markings (two bars on the wing). It was bred by Ron Schwartz. It is a young cock, band number 1063, and was the best Chinese Owl at the show.

The Show:

At most pigeon shows, the various breeds are grouped by divisions. There is the group that I and a few others call chicken pigeons, which includes such breeds as the Kings, Carneaus, Runts and others. But just as there is no absolute in breed names, there are many ways to classify pigeon breeds. In the States, the pigeons I affectionately call chicken pigeons, are generally classified as utility breeds. This Chinese Owl would be classed as a fancy breed, and in some shows might even be found in a sub-class of other owl breeds of which there are several.


The Standard