Some Very Ugly Pigeon Breeds

What in the world is that?!?!?!?

Budapest Pigeon

Budapest

       Budapest Tumblers originated in Budapest Hungary. They are bred to a strict Standard, and come in many colors, including white, yellow , red, dun, black, blue, silver, and in a variety of patterns such as stork marked,checkered, barred, flights, grizzled and pied marked as in the Gansels.

The Scandaroon

Scandaroon

English Pouter

The Scandaroon is believed to date back to the time of Alexander the Great. They have large, downward-curved bills, which are covered by a large wattle (knobby fleshy covering) on top, their eyes are bright and accented, and surrounded by well-developed ceres (a fleshy red ring). They’re part white, or piebald, and larger than your average street pigeon.

English Pouter

The English Pouter is a breed of fancy pigeon developed over many years of selective breeding. English Pouters, along with other varieties of domesticated pigeons, are all descendants from the rock pigeon.

English Carrier

English Carrier

The breed was developed in England from a combination of non–European breeds, including the Persian and Baghdad carriers, and the powter. The largest of the flying pigeon breeds, the Old English Carrier was originally used for sending messages. By the mid 19th century, the points in the standard of the English Carrier were deemed to have been achieved, and the breed was praised for its "perfectness to which all the points most admired have been brought". At this point the colors of the breed were limited to black, white and dun (a brownish grey color). Today, the English Carrier is strictly a show pigeon, and is not the modern homing pigeon.

English Short-Faced Tumbler

English Short-Faced Tumbler

This breed dates back to the 1700s or older. There has been a club dedicated to this breed since 1886. According to fanciers, the ideal for this breed's head is "large, broad, lofty and round; short as possible from front to back." The emphasis on short certainly gives the pigeon an appearance as if straight out of a cartoon.

Oriental Frill

Oriental Frill

This pigeon has an almost parrot-like appearance. It was developed in Turkey, specifically for the Ottoman sultans and is also known as Hünkari, or "bird of the sultans." The "frill" part of the name comes from the ruff of feathers that runs from the neck to the chest. In show birds, there are specific standards for how frilly the frill needs to be and how it is shaped.

German Modena

The Modena pigeon was bred many centuries ago. The breed originated from Modena, Italy. Believe it or not, the purpose of the original breed was bred for flying. Later on, the breed was imported to German were it was selectively bred to a standard known as the German Modena.

Capuchin Red

While its color is interesting, it's the neck feathers that turn up like a cowl that make it truly noticeable. This breed is one of the older fancy breeds having originated no later than the 1500s. It was during this time period that the breed was brought from India to Holland by Dutch sailors. Although it certainly did not originate there, the breed was developed for show purposes by the Dutch fanciers. The Capuchin has a well developed hood with elliptically shaped rosettes on either side of the neck. The breed should have relatively hard feather and not the soft, long feather found in Jacobins. One of the very attractive traits is the horizontal station with the tail held parallel to the floor.

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