German Modena Pigeon
Irish .................. Pigeon Modena Gearmáinis
Italian ................ Modena Pigeon tedesco
Latvian .............. Vācu Modena Pigeon
German Modena Pigeon is very attractive, easy to keep, far less troublesome than the English Modena Pigeon. A very old breed originally used in Modena, Italy for Kit Flying. They are the smallest of the Hen or Chicken Pigeons, which include the Modena, King Pigeon, Florentine, Hungarian and Maltese. The type of pigeon breeds is broad with a rounded body, long legs and neck. The tail is held slightly high and has a gradual rise, but is not as angled as the other hen pigeons. The neck, body and legs should each make up 1/3 of the overall height of the bird. The body length is equal to 2/3 of the overall height. The head is round, evenly arched, smooth forehead not low down. The color of eyes is orange-red. The edge or cere is small and dark in dark birds and light in light colored birds. The beak is medium in length, comparatively strong. It is black in dark colored birds and light in light colored birds.
The wattle should be short and flat. The neck is harmonious, rising evenly towards the head. The throat looks a little cut out. The breast is full and wide, nicely rounded. The belly is full and nicely rounded. Backside is full of fluff. The breast and belly should form an unbroken round. The back is short, not sloping down, and wide in the shoulders. Wings are short, carried slightly loose at the breast, primaries fairly closed without crossing. Carried on the tail and not reaching the tail end. The tail is carried slightly high, as short as possible, not wide and well closed. The legs are showing much thigh and strong, not feathered on the feet. The base feathers are fluffy. The rest of the feathers should be smooth and lying flat.