Southern California Color Pigeon Club
SUPPORTING COLOR PIGEONS IN CALIFORNIA, USA AND THE WORLD SINCE 1972
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Standard for Bernhardiner Magpie
Translated in 2012 from German standard by Gary Romig and updated to recent German standard


Yellow Bernhardiner Magpie


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Origin:
An old South German color pigeon, especially bred in Franken.
General Impression:
Like the field pigeon but somewhat stronger in appearance.
Race features:
 
Head:
Long and elegant, more narrow than wide, rounded, medium high forehead, smooth headed.
Eyes:
Dark. Cere smooth, lively red in color.
Beak:
Medium long, flesh colored with some rose color. Beak wattle not too developed but fine grained..
Neck:
More long than short, tapering from head. Throat nicely rounded.
Breast:
Somewhat wide, moderately rounded.
Back:
Long, tapering downward to tail.
Wings:
Long and tightly closed
Tail:
Relatively long, not too wide, somewhat longer than wing tips and forming a line with the back.
Legs and feet:
Medium high, lively red and clean legged.
Feather:
Well developed and laying nicely.
Colors:
Black, red, yellow, blue, blue checks and silvers. Lavender (Spread Ash Red} even light gray throughout without tail bar or darker/reddish neck.
Color and Design:
The well known magpie design—ground color white, neck, shoulders, breast, front belly and tail (especially over and under-tail) are colored. The wings are white with the exception of the shoulders at joints, where the wide heart design on the back shows. The white head design cuts 1 cm. under the beak and eye. The color must be deep and pure.
Bad Faults:
Incorrect head design. Faded and unclean color. Reedy colored tails. White in under-tail wedge. Too small a figure. Especially a tendency to cropper or pouter appearance. Faulty eye colors; pale eye cere color. Broken or too short of breast design. Tendency to feathers on feet. Colored lower back
Lesser Faultss
Some white in vent area.
Order of evaluation:
General impression - body form and size - magpie pattern - color - head form and eye cere.
Band size:
8