Present day Chinese Owls in North America were developed from pigeons that were brought from Denmark, Spain, and Germany in the 1950’s.
This pigeon is said to be one of the most challenging to breed. It is proportional and well balanced, making it quite graceful in its movement and expressions.
Its body is small and short and maintains a bold head and neck.
The head is arched from the back of the beak, forming a smooth profile.
Eye and Cere:
The eye is clear and alert with a fine and smooth cere. The colors of both vary with the color of the bird.
Neck and Gullet:
The Chinese Owl’s neck is short and forms a smooth profile. Starting thick at the shoulders, it narrows to the back of the head.
Beak and Wattle:
The beak is fine, fragile, and large enough for the bird to be distinguishable from the African Owl. The wattle is heart-shaped and neat.
This is a smooth and even collar of loosely fitting reversed feathers. It breaks behind the head and is as high as the lower part of the cere.
The breast frill refers to the reversed feathers that cover the entire breast, the forepart of the wing, the pantaloons, and the wing butts.
The pantaloons are two large, distinct, and finely textured puffs of feathers. They just out from the lower breast in front of the legs.
Flights and Tail:
This bird has smooth wing feathers and tight flights which rest on the tail. Its tail is narrow and carried above the floor.
Chinese Owls come in Brown Bar, Brown Self, Khaki Bar, Khaki Self, Blue Bar, Silver Bar, Dun Self, Mealy Bar, Spread Ash Red, Cream Bar, Yellow Check, and a few other color combinations.
Weight: 11-13 Ounces
Pair Cost: $300
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