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 Indian Fantail:

The Fantail breed originated in India and came to the States in a crate of snakes destined for the San Diego Zoo. Pigeons that have a particular pattern of white and colored feathers make up distinct classes within their breed. The marking on this pigeon is called shield or saddle marked. There are several other types of Fantail breeds, and the Cote's Breed Highlight section has more information about them.

Rick Leimann bred this recessive red saddle marked champion pigeon. She is an old hen, number 751

The Show:

At even the most smallest shows in the states, the breeds are generally classified into three main groups, utility, sporting, and fancy breeds. As the shows get larger, more groups are added. The rare breeds class is another group often seen in the States. Best of breed winners go on to compete against other best of breed winners in each group. So you will have a best fancy, best utility, and so on. This Fantail, like the Chinese Owl in the preceding slide, would belong to the fancy group.

The Standard