COMMON PIGEON HOBBY
NAMES FOR COLORS AND PATTERNS
These next few
pages are designed for one
thing only - to provide the common names for many
of the colors and
patterns that pigeons come in. I'm making no effort here to
discuss their genetics. This is simply for fanciers, young and
old, who may be new to the pigeon hobby and who just want to know "What
color is my
Remember, while I'm giving the most common names
used in the North American hobby, that different breeds may have their
own special terminology for a color -- some of these terms go back
centuries and they are part and parcel of the hobby and a lot of fun in
their own right. There's also some minor differences in spelling
between the U.S. and the U.K. and Australia. For example: checker
= chequer, but those are easily understood. Here, I'm just going to be
using the names most often used to describe Birmingham Rollers and/or
Racing Homers since those are two of the most common breeds raised.
Both birds are in their juvenile
Both birds are in their juvenile plumage.
This red baldhead bird is in adult plumage - note the iridescence on
Both birds are in juvenile plumage.
Blue Bar Badge bred by Zoran Gregoric
(if this bird had a fully white head with no dark feather mixed in, it
would be called a Blue Bar Baldhead)
In common pigeon fancier terminology, "baldhead" always includes white
flights and white tail as part of the marking as well.