Origin and economic characteristics
Breed originally from Moravia (Czech Republic) when still annexed to the Austro-Hungarian Empire; it was used in the past as a meat pigeon.
Regarding the origin of his name Fontaine (1922) thought that the name "Strasser" derived from the German name "strasse" (road) because in Moravia it could be found freely in the streets. Another possible explanation is provided by Harnach who claimed that the name was derived from the Czech word "pstros" (ostrich) whose pronunciation is "strauss". This appellation is used to indicate men or animals of a shy but at the same time cunning nature.
According to Prutz (1884) the breed was created from the cross between the Florentine and local pigeons.
It was introduced to Germany between 1870 and 1880 from Austria, in 1908 the German breed club was created and its popularity exceeded that of the Coburgian Skylark becoming the second breed bred in Germany (1927) after the Colombo Traveler.
Colombo large, wide, relatively short, with a low position. Smooth, broad head with ascending forehead; beak of medium length from horn to black depending on the coat. Horn-colored with a dark spot on the tip in laid and hammered blue-silver subjects.
Legs implored, the color of the nails must harmonize with that of the beak.
Cloaks: blue with and without rods; black, yellow, red; blue, black, red and yellow with white rods or with white scale. Blue, red, hammered yellow, hammered silver blue of brown, silver blue with or without brown rods, red and yellow with or without rods.
Colombo Strasser (photo www.npausa.com)
Colombo Strasser blue white rods (photo http://members.tripod.com/pigeon00)
Colombo Strasser black (photo www.vdt-online.de)
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