Comparing Almond Pigeons to Broken Beer
By Robert J. Mangile
American Pigeon Review
Volume 4, Number 1
January 1986, page 29
The highly variable
almond is perhaps the most written about plumage coloration in domestic
Descriptions of so-called "classic-almond" can get quite lengthy
and breeding methods described to produce it are equally long and uncertain.
To gain insight into the matter, try to envision a broken beer bottle!
Crazy!,. you might be thinking; but try to follow along?
The words "broken beer bottle" instantly produce an image in your
mind. Characteristically, the mind envisions a brown bottle, held by its
after being broken on a tavern bar. Now..., that's a broken beer bottle!
But, beer bottles come in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes (not to
mention the more modern glass-cans). They can be broken with a tire-tool,
dropped on concrete, shot through with an air-rifle or pulverized into a
fine dust with a hammer; and all qualify as broken beer bottles. And just
like almond, their final descriptions are endless, i.e., no two are
Typically, almond plumage grows darker with age. Combining the genetic unit
(gene) that produces almond, with a bluebar (wildtype) plumage, usually
produces a mostly white plumage with scattered flecks and patches of the
blue bar plumage showing. With age and each successive molt the pigeon
becomes darker or displays less white. A ten year old almond may appear as a
blue bar with little white in its plumage. Now..., that's an almond plumage!
The old question of whether a Zebra is black with white stripes or white
with black stripes is a dilemma for the mind. Is almond a blue pigeon with
white or a white pigeon with blue? Fortunately, we know it to be a blue
pigeon with white.
However, to produce the "classic-almond" appearance, other genetic units
must be included into the genetic make-up (genotype) of almond birds.
Kite-bronzing, recessive red, spread and T-pattern checkering are said to
enhance almond. In other words, we must include things that affect the end
result or we simply wind-up with a blue and white pigeon. "Classic-almond" is
an assembly of traits, not just one.
As for the comparison of broken beer bottles to almond plumage, we have been
made aware that other elements were brought to bear towards the final
result. A tire-tool will produce quite a different affect on a beer bottle
than an air-rifle projectile. Likewise, kite-bronzing genes will alter the
appearance of almond more than the normal non-kite genes will. Check it out.
mate any almond to a heavily bronzed T-pattern for starters.
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