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German Beak Crested Trumpeters

I started breeding these birds when Gary Gorman decided to sell his remaining few birds to me in 2000. Since then I've added a few birds from Phil and David Arthur's stock. I'm looking to import some in the near future from Germany or The Netherlands.. I am breeding from Reds, Blue Checks, Indigos and Blacks. I despise the color red in most other breeds, but the red in the Beak Crests is very rich and deep, with lots of sheen on the feathers. Surprisingly the cock birds do drum quite nicely considering most of the Trumpeter breeds are losing this trait.

In the first pic, the flash wrecks the color of this hen. She is much deeper red than this. The second photo is of a 2003 hen with the "rosewing" marking. Thirdly a mottle cock and red hen

German Beak Crested Trumpeter Standard

German Beak-Crested Trumpeter

History/Origin,

Origionating in the Thüringan and Saxon Areas, bred from Double-Crested Trumpeters and Colour Pigeons.

Overall impression,

Strongly built Pigeon with almost Horizontal Underline to the Body, well formed Beak Crest, well developed Muffs with the Posture high enough for the Muffs and Thigh Feathers to be distincly seen, the Neck is slightly longer, finer and with a more distinct Throat, than the German Double Crested Trumpeter.

Head,

slightly finer than the GDCTrumpeter in the Head with a richly Featherd Beak Crest of Oval Form desired , with no 'breaks' or weakness, the Greater part of the Crest to cover the Beak-Cere with good under structure but it must leave the Birds vision completly unhindered.

Eye,

dark Orange, (with Red and Duns a lighter coloured Iris allowed),

with Whites and Erbsgelbe (Cream)(literaly 'Pea-Yellow), Dark colour(Bull-Eyed), for Pieds, depending on the Head Colour, either Dark or Orange (both the same colour).

Eye-Cere fine and Pale to dark depending on the pigeons colour.

 

Beak,

medium length, Pale colour for all light/White coloured birds, Horn colour for Dilutes and Chequers, Dark to Black for Dark coloured birds, for Reds a shaded Beak is acknowledged.

Neck,

full from the Breast and carried well, slimmer and longer than the GDCTrumpeter, Throat well defined.

 

Breast,

Broad, deep, carried well foreward.

Back,

broad and long, slightly sloping.

Wings,

broad and strong, not to reach the Tail Tip, covering the Back well.

Tail,

long, with broad Feathers.

Legs,

short, with long, thick Muffs, without gaps/missing Feathers. the Muffs should be well formed and with a Curving sweep to the Sides, blending with the Thigh

Feathers.

Oppulent, broad Feathering, smooth and without loosness.

Colours,

White. Black.Red. Yellow. Blue with or without Black Bars. Blue Chequer.

Dilute Blue with or without Dark Bars or Chequer.

Mealy. Cream.

Erbsgelbe (Pea-Yellow) (Cream but with a Whitish Head and distinct Yellow Neck and Ivory Body).

Mealy Chequer. Cream Chequer.

Muselköpfig in Black (White Flecking to the Head) with or without a White 'Wing 'Rose'.

Tiger and Pied in, Black. Red. Yellow. Blue:

White Bar and Chequer in Black. Blue. Dilute Blue. Red and Yellow.

 

Colour and markings,

the dark Colours Rich and Deep with a good Sheen (with Blacks a Green Sheen). the Blues and dilutes Clear and even, not 'Rusty' or Shaded.

Bars should be clear and not too Broad, well seperated and crossing the Closed Wing-shield.

the Chequering on the Wings must be distinct and even, some Back and Thigh Markings allowed.

Dilute Blue and Dilute Blue Cheq' must not have an Ochre Colour to the Breast.

Mealies and Creams and also the Chequers in those colours

would have Paler Heads (and Orange eyes) and must have the Primary feathers, Tail and Muffs a Pale Colour.

Erbsgelbe, (Pea-Yellow) have a Light Yellow Neck, Breast and

Wing Bars, the White colour of the Head blending softly with the Yellow of the Neck, the Wing Shield, Belly and Back is Ivory Colour, the Tail, Primary feathers and Muffs are White, (*Note, the Inner Webbing of the Muff Feathers should be lightly suffused with colour*).

Females of this colour will have a light Greyish tone to the Breast and Belly.

Muselköpfig have a deep Black with a rich Sheen,

the Head is Flecked with White Feathers, when with a Wing 'Rose', to have 5 to 10 White Feathers on the Wing Butts.

Tiger must have the Primaries, Tail, Belly and Muffs a solid Colour, no White, the rest of the Head, Neck and Body to be

evenly marked with White Feathers.

Pied have a White Ground colour with desired Patches (not small flecks) of colour as evenly distributed as possible over the entire Bird, to include the Primaries and Tail, niether the Tail or Primaries should be Solid colour.

Birds with too little White or Colour or incorrectly marked, would not be regarded as either Pied or Tigered.

White Bar and Chequer Birds are normaly less full in feather and with Shorter feathering, this should not be of prime importance with these colours.

the White Bars and White Chequering of the Blues and Dilute Blues to have a fine Black(for Blues) or Dark (for Dilutes) Edge to the Bars and Feather Edging of the Chequering.

Faults,

weak, small Body, too high on the Leg or sloping Stance.

Beak-Crest obstructing Vision, incomplete Oval shape, open Centre, Crest Feathers should lay flat, not sticking-up, nor weak and loose.

Muffs too short or with gaps(broken Feathers tolerated but not missing Feathers), missing Feathers on the insides of the Toes (forming the Complete Muffs).

Wings not covering the Back well (open Back), 'Sabre' Primaries (too long and Curved),

Feathering too loose, Red Eye-Cere, Matt Colour,

Bluish shading to the Feather webbing with Blacks, Reds and Yellows. White Backs with Blue coloured Birds.

'Flecking' in the Feather Webbing of the Primaries, Tail or Muffs, Poor Wing Shield Markings or Bars,

For Erbsgelbe,

a White ‘Bib’ on the front of the Neck, evidence of a third Wing Bar, uneven Wing Shield colour, pure White Muff Feathers, Dark Blue Breast or Belly, (Females allowed a light Grey tone)

For Tigered and Pied, very uneven markings, or incorrect markings.

 

Order of importance,

Breed Type and balance. Body and Stance, overall preparation, Head and ornimentation, Beak-Crest, Muffs, Colour and Markings, Eye and Beak colour.

Ring Size: 12