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COMMON PIGEON HOBBY NAMES FOR COLORS AND PATTERNS
by
Frank Mosca
page 2


This page and the others like it are designed for one thing only - to provide common pigeon hobby 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 simply want to know "What color is my bird?" 

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 are also some minor differences in spelling between the U.S., 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.

All the birds shown below are Birmingham Rollers

Self White bred by J. P. Isom
White bred by J. P. Isom


Tortoiseshell bred by J. P. Isom
Tortoiseshell bred by J. P. Isom (if this was a Racing Homer it would be called Dark Grizzle)


red_mottle_bred by J. P. Isom
Red Mottle bred by J. P. Isom (this is a recessive red mottle)


Red Bellneck by J. P. Isom
Red Bellneck bred by J. P. Isom

Red Beard bred by J. P. Isom
Red Beard bred by J. P. Isom
(in pigeons, the white mark under the chin like this is known as a "beard")

Dark red check bred by J. P. Isom
Dark red check bred by J. P. Isom 
(because this particular bird also has the black marks on its feathers, we know that it carries blue as well)
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