Flying sickle-headed pigeons is just fascinating. It is thanks to the unusual feature of the flapping of wings that these beautiful birds received such a non-sound name. In the people, their flight is simply called a serpastine dance. If you are wondering what kind of breed it is, then we suggest reading our article.
Pigeons are known to many of our domestic amateur poultry farmers. They can be found in many cities of our country, especially in Ochakovo. Of course, the bird received such universal love thanks to an unusual flight. Pigeons are like turning wings, holding them in the air in the form of a sickle or crescent. They do not fly far, climb up and hang above the house, which can be seen on the video.
However, today this breed is experiencing not the best days. No, they keep it a lot of pigeon breeders and continue quality selection and training. But in order to improve some of the qualities of the bird, many breeders carry out the inversion paring with other breeds. And this is extremely unacceptable, as it spoils the true beauty of their flight. By nature, flipped flyers are poorly oriented in space, often disappear, which, of course, does not please many lovers.
This breed of pigeons has an unusual history of its origin. It became known about her for the first time in our country at the beginning of the 20th century, when she was brought to the city of Nikolaev. But it is important to note that this species itself is very ancient and the name is associated with the old sign "Mahayana". Translated from Sanskrit, this means "beautiful creature." There is an assumption that this breed comes from Syria or Turkey.
After distribution in Nikolaev, an unusual bird was brought to Ochakov, where the main breeding work began. A Kaiser was engaged in raising birds with a pigeon breeder Kirichenko. As a result of their activity, three species of serpastine flyers were obtained:
Over the years, breeders very carefully selected birds with the best flight qualities. The inverted crescent-shaped flap of wings became a certain visiting card of Ochakov pigeons, therefore later they were given the second name “Ochakov turning”.
Serpastic birds have a medium sized harmoniously folded muscular body. The head is small, dry, has a concave profile. The chest is not wide, the legs are rather short - 7-8 cm. The feathers are thick and dense, the wings when folded reach the end of the tail. This is clearly seen in the video.
A special important feature of these birds is the bulge of the fourth joint on the wings. This quality allows them to make a special flight. The color of their eyes can tell about the purity of the breed of sickles. It is best to take representatives with bright eyes, which indicates the purity of their blood. As for coloring plumage, it is the most diverse.