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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Azman Pigeon - Turkish Tumbler

Azman Pigeon - Turkish Tumbler
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Azman Pigeon Turkish Tumbler
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AZMAN PIGEON (Turkish Tumbler) - Fancy Pigeons - Homing Pigeons

Azman pigeon is one of the short-faced Anatolian breeds. They do not exist outside of the city of Denizli. Their numbers have been in a speedy decline since the 80’s. Today they are considered to be one of the rare breeds in Turkey. A few fanciers try to protect the breed and its qualities. The main reason for the decline of the numbers in this pigeon breeds is known to be the purchases made out of Istanbul for its use on the Genetic work that has taken place on the creation of the Istanbul Bango for many years to utilize its short and wide beak structure. However, it is not possible to run into this breed in Istanbul today. On top of this, when the Istanbul Bango became so popular in Denizli the last 20-25 years, this created the greatest danger for the Azman breed, which is know in the rest of the country as the Denizli Bango.


Even though, the Istanbul Bango and the Azman breeds show great physical similarities, they also have great performance differences. Azman basically is a flying breed vs. the Istanbul Bango, which is strictly a show breed. Azman can achieve incredible flight condition (stamina) with daily flight exercises. It can be flown several times in a row with 3-5 minutes breaks in between. They tend to have an extreme loyalty to their loft. A pre-determined time frame for their flight does not exist but they are very eager to stay in the air for 30-45 minutes. They are very responsive to droppers and when a dropper is shown they tighten up their wings or half close them and start their dive, if the surrounds allow this dive ends inside the loft. They have a tendency to always land on the same spot and because of this reason it is very easy for a fancier to train them not to land to any spot that is not desired. In spite of their timid nature, they respond to training readily. They are flown in groups of 10 to 15 birds and kit extremely tight. The height of their flight depends all on the type of training they get. They can stay in any altitude at any time frame the fancier desires. They are expected to find their home from distances of up to 15-20 km.
The physical qualities that separate the Azman pegion from other short-faced Anatolian breeds found in Turkey like Hunkari (Oriental Frill), Istanbul Bango, Aydın Bango, Baska etc. have been put together by the Denizli Guvercin Evi Dernegi as an standard qualities of this breed.
It has a symmetrical body shape. It's wide and strait chest stands somewhat forward. It has a short back with wide shoulders that stand low. Its stomach is narrow and short but strong built. Wings are short, tightly feathered, held tight against the body and stand flat on top of the tail. Legs are medium height, clear of any feathers and large scaled; toes rather large in make up.
Head is round; even though its angle gets smaller as it gets close to the beak it is not pointy in shape. Cheeks must be full. Forehead and the top of the nose must not be bulge out. Beak is wide and short. Tip of the beak point downwards. Beak line continues towards the underline of the eyes and located very close to the eyes. All these features can be smaller in females and this is not considered to be a fault. Eyes are medium size and dark in color. Ring around the eyes must be pale, narrow and in a delicate make up.
Neck is short and full bodied. It has a strong structure. On the neck or chest there cannot be any sign of a rose.


There are three main colors and three main patterns. Colors are Black, Blue and Purple. Patterns are colored wing-tail, colored tail and white self. Colored wing-tails are locally named “Ciba”. Cibas' wings must be colored with a sharp frame. First 8-10 flights must be white. Having 6-7 flights white is not considered to be a fault. However, in both cases there cannot be any colored feathers in between the white flights. Thighs of Cibas are also colored. White tail and colored tail with any number of white feathers are not acceptable. Color tails must have a white body and the tail color must end into the body in a sharp line. This lines separation is named “kesme” (cut). The small cap feathers under the tail should not be white. White self’s must not have any other color feather on their body in any location.

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