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Pigeon breeds: Texan Pionier

Pigeon breeds: Texan Pionier

Origin and economic characteristics

Breed developed in Houston (Texas) in 1953 by Mr. Delwin V. James has two main characteristics, both due to its origin of utility pigeon (meat production): the first consists in having small head and short legs (parts discarded at slaughter ); the second is the presence in homozygosity of the gene "Faded" (self-sexed character) which allows the distinction between males and females by the color of the coat. At birth, in males there is a very short and light beak, in females a long, dense down jacket and a black ring around the beak.

Texan lovebirds: female on the left, male on the right (photo www.pigeons-france.com)
Male Texan with typical coloring (photo www.littlewolf.com/pigeons.html)

Unlike most pigeon breeds, the origin of the Texan Pioneer is well known; it derives from the cross between the French Mondano and the self-sexed King from which a hybrid for 3/8 self-sexed King and 5/8 French socialite has been obtained.

Morphological characteristics

Colombo with a solid and elegant body with high carcass yield. The weight in young people must vary from 800 to 950 grams, in adults from 850 to 970 grams.
Coat: the males are mainly white with sprays that can be of any color on the neck and sometimes extend to the chest and the rest of the body; such spraying strengthens with age. It must not have any vergature. Females can be hammered or laid red; lavender; blue with rods or hammered; diluted black.
Recessive red variety: uniform pale yellow-orange male, intense red female.

Texan: Male red recessive variety - Female red laid (photo www.littlewolf.com)

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