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Pigeons Breed Damascene

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Photo of a pigeonOrigin: Thought to have originated in Damascus, Syria. Others believe it came out of Turkey.

Head: A fairly large head, round, short, and full in front and profile view, moderate stop over wattle, slightly flat on top skull, but just a faint trace of flatness.

Gullet: Well developed.

Beak: Short, the shorter the better but long enough to feed its own young, color to be black. Upper mandible very slightly curved downward.

Wattle: Chalky white, smooth and heart shaped and moderate in size.

Eyes: Very, very bright; deep gravel or red. Red eyes much preferred. Bull or pearl or any other color to be a disqualification.

Eye cere: Flat and fairly large and Damson (plum) colored.

Body type: In shape and size the Damascene greatly resembles the English Owl, being proportioned somewhat larger and having no neck frill. The throat is nicely cut out and rounded with a well developed gullet. The breast being prominent, protruding and broad, deep and wide and tapers off nicely to the tail. The wings are short and should be close fitting and carried over the tail with the tips more or less touching. The wing butts should be prominent and close to the body. The tail being medium long and carried in a straight line with the rest of the back and is tightly compact. The legs being short. Approximate weights are fifteen ounces for cocks and thirteen ounces for hens.

Legs and Feet: Legs should be short and free from feathers below the hocks. Bright red with black toenails.

Color: One of the main points of this beautiful pigeon. An icy blue on outer surface and a sooty black color underneath the surface. The outer color to be as light a blue as possible even to a near milk white powdered blue or frosty blue. Head, neck, shoulders, body, rump, and tail of same shade throughout. Wings to have two broad jet black bars on each wing and tail to have one very wide jet black bar at its tip. Flight feathers to be as dark black as possible. Rump to be free from white. No dark crescent or dark coloring on breast.

Bars and Flight markings: The bars on the wings should be jet black and also the bar on the tip of the tail should be jet black. The flight feathers should be of a much darker color than the body, appearing to be black. The darker the better.

Condition: Alert and in top health at all times.

Red or pink eye ceres.
Any sort of crest or frill.
Out of condition.
Eye color other than described in the standard.
Any color other than what the standard calls for.
White flights.
Dark crescent on the breast.

Other faults to watch for:
White toenails.
White in rump.
Dark blue tail.
Faded bars.