Characteristic Doves Monks

Among the variety of species of pigeons long tamed by people, the ancient breed Monk stands out. These birds are popular among lovers and those who are engaged in breeding of birds professionally. The peculiar appearance and exquisite behaviors of these winged ones are noticeable not only in life, but also in the photo. So, pigeons Monks - what are they?

Doves Monks

A bit of history

Even in the distant XVII century, a breed was bred in Germany, which immediately became known as the German Monk. There are two versions of origin. According to the first, the reason was the appearance, resembling the attire of the monks. The second option says about the independence of the species and the desire to fly alone. Over time, the name of the breed was supplemented with the word "cross", because if you look at the flight from below, the open wings of the Monks resemble a cross.

Nowadays, it is difficult to meet purebred Cross Monks. The degeneration of the species is due to numerous crosses to improve the breed.

Recognition of such birds is possible due to their unique appearance.

There are 2 varieties of Cross Monks: German and Moscow. They are very similar to each other, but have different feather colors: from brown and silver to reddish and blue.

a brief description of

The monk has the following characteristics:

  • the main feature is considered a crest on the back of the head from the thick feathers of white;
  • strong body 35 cm long;
  • elongated, slightly torso forward;
  • legs without plumage;
  • small eyes with a moving black pupil;
  • the forehead, which turns into a delicate small beak 15 mm long;
  • graceful neck, smoothly passing in the body;
  • spectacular ridge, which is considered to be a sign of thoroughbred breed;
  • developed broad chest;
  • long wings pressed to the body;
  • medium-sized tail of 12 tail feathers;
  • light colored body, which adorns the tail of a different color, a cap on the head, which is yellow, black and coffee;
  • can fly at low altitude and not for long.

Pigeons Monks differ from other brethren in the contrast of a white body with a dark head and tail. The bird is extremely friendly and, when it sees that other pigeons are flying past, it hurries to meet them and calls into the flock. On any photo you can see the proud posture and grace of the flight of birds. In addition, the Monk is incredibly resistant to external influences and hardy.

Subtype Specificity

Now let's find out how the German Monk and Moscow differ. Both have a crest. But Moscow Monks were bred recently: in the twentieth century. They are snow-white, like all Crusader Monks, but differ in the color of their feathers on the crest: if the German subspecies are recognizable by brown plumage, then Moscow can have a black to reddish-yellow hue. In addition, in birds with a brown “cap” and a coffee tail, the beak is fleshly, and in owners of black - white. Altai Monk is distinguished by grace and the fact that the crest can be any color.

Individual characteristics do not allow pets to make long flights and rise too high from the ground. Winged skillfully create a flock and keep it close enough to each other. Horse pigeons stand out against the general background. Such individuals sit on the roof for half a day, but at the sight of strangers rush towards, as if inviting them to join. Breeders of birds deservedly consider them the most calm and affectionate among their kind.

Cross Monks are clean and friendly, attached to people and unpretentious to living conditions. Caring for them will not take much effort and time. They are very good parents and carefully take care of the offspring. Breeders use their parental qualities and use them for the purpose of feeding chicks of other breeds, even more valuable. Proper care will provide 3 or even 4 broods in one summer.

The Cross Monk should be kept in a special house and be constantly provided with high-quality, balanced food. Individuals are omnivorous and resistant to various diseases. When planning to get representatives of this rare breed, it is important to know that no hassle and special expenses will arise.

What are the signs of a lack of breed purity?

Many often simply admire the decorative beauties in life and in the photo, not paying attention to small details. A German monk is a pigeon with minor flaws indicating a mixed breed:

  • dark claws;
  • short wings;
  • sunken chest;
  • shorter than 15 mm beak;
  • short legs;
  • tail too wide with a few light feathers.

But this list of defects is not as critical as the following: light tail, lack of tuft or lack of density, feathers on legs, small body, white stripes on the head, large beak, head too large, iris of the eyes is reddish or yellow, snow-white stripes on the head. Such birds are not allowed to participate in exhibitions.

To all owners of representatives of this endangered breed, the joy of admiring them is guaranteed. As they say, who can ban the "dove" next to such handsome men on the farm?

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