Adventures in pigeon genetics. I have two birds that are similarly marked, i.e., the cap, wings, and tail are blue bar. However, they come from vastly different backgrounds. The cock bird is from Afghanistan while the hen is originally from Germany. There are some minor differences between the two, showing the preferences of breeders in the two countries. The Afghan pigeon has a frosted or silvery overtone to the blue and has a refined eyebrow. The German pigeon is a darker blue, the cap goes in a straight line from the end of the cap to the middle of the beak, and has a shell crest, whereas the Afghan bird is plainheaded. In addition, the Afghan bird has a flesh colored beak, whereas the top half of the German bird's beak is black and the bottom half flesh colored.
However, in the scheme of things those are minor differences and one would expect that if the breeds were related and developed from the same original genetic pool, the babies would be patterned like the parents. But they are not. After 6 sets of babies, I have concluded that the birds though similar in color pattern, were developed from different gene pools.
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