Regional Varieties

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Regional Varieties

Postby Kurt Gürsu » Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:47 pm

Mardin:
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This kind is physically the largest of them all. It looks similar to West of England Tumblers (flying kind) but caries it self higher due to longer legs. The picture above is a prime example of Mardin. Mardin comes in all shades of blue bar and checks, smoky and black self colors only. Mirrored (white) tails are very common in this breed. Its head is not decorated.
It is a very low flying breed and is a solo flier. When flown instead of gaining altitude it will spend a few hours just a few yards above the roof tops while very rarely performing in the air. After this period it will loose altitude and start flying right above the roof tops and at times between the houses below the roof lines. Its flight is rather fast but calm, this is when you will get to see the great performance of this breed. It will charge the coop repeatedly. Minimum standard is 40 times per flight. After each charge it will fly couple of more rounds and charge again. While charging instead of diving it will start loosing altitude slowly from a distance, almost like an airplane landing and once it starts climbing it will go 40-50 yards strait up.

Urfa:
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Physical specialty of Urfa is the way it caries it's wings below the tail, some times touching the ground. Its tail is longer than Mardin by half an inch and in blacks it has a featherless ring around eyes like many Russian breeds but, less developed. Tail also stands higher than others breeds. It is head structure is rather cornered with a wide and full forehead. This breed comes with only sabuni and miski colors in addition to the blues, blacks. Like the bird above it will also come in a color what we call "açık" (open) which is similar to sabuni color but, instead of yellow chest it will have eggplant color. This color is called "açık" because it is really a blue bar with a couple of other genes playing with it (unlike sabuni which carry a brown bar base). Urfa's head is not decorated.
As it is a solo flier, its flight style is very comparable to Mardin's. Today, it is very difficult to find this breed in its pure form but, through a careful search with in the old fanciers it is still possible. Even in Turkey it is a very expensive breed.

Sivas:
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This breed has a relatively smaller head, shorter legs and comes in all colors mentioned above. Mirrored tail is not as common but possible to see. Another marking is the white head, which is very similar to a monk marking, just on the top of the head. Colors miski (brown check with pale coloring and orange chest) and sabuni (brown bar) are believed to be first developed in this city and than mixed into rest of the takla breeds. Sivas can have a small nose crest or as we call it a rose. One significant difference of these birds is the eye color, this is the only takla type where yellow, orange and at times red eyes exist.
Main difference of Sivas comes in its performance: Unlike Mardin or Urfa it does not like to fly long hours. Max 2 hours. However, it plays harder and more often. Each combination consists of at least 8 tumble and climbs and each climb between tumbles should be a meter. It also dives in a much different style than others: It is dive look like a down-slope skier, in zigzags, wings closing and opening. Dive depth is lowest of them all and given the surroundings are sufficient, it should dive and let it's tail sweep the ground for a while and than start climbing up to get into a combination.

Ankara:
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This is the smallest of them all. Head, body and wings every thing is smaller and shorter. The beak is skinnier and longer than other types of takla. However, this size difference is not that literal. If seen by it self it can be mistaken for others. This breed comes in all colors besides what we call "gümüsh" (silver), which is a very mild yellow bar that is covered by 1/20 X 1/4 of an inch long led color markings through out the body which gets darker as the bird get older. If the dimensions don't make sense, the letter "I" is little shorter than what the markings look like. This color comes only in males in breeds that have it. Another color missing is the khaki or brown self in this breed. All these colors come in a dusty shade in Ankara (browns that can be seen in Ankara are in reality a formation of the blue gene but, not a true brown.) Blues are very similar to wild type and dirty blue, blacks never bright but a light tone of black almost like a black bar dun. Reds, yellows and others come in ash and never with clear white feathers on the wing or tail. Smokey and açık colors are some of the most common colors in this breed.
Ankara also differs in performance: It tumbles are very hard and quick. Between each tumble there is a very little climb, in fact if looked carefully, there is a slight altitude loss after each tumble. Ankara performs harder than any breed in Turkey. Its combinations are shorter than all but, full of tumbles. Good bloodlines must get daily exercise or it becomes unable to fly from tumbling.

Antalya:
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This breed is the tallest one of them, with its head, similar to Ankara's, smaller and a narrower chest. It comes in all traditional colors and carries all head ornaments, together or single crested. Breeders of this region claim to be the origin of gümüsh and khaki colors. This breed likes to fly higher, with quick wing strokes like Urfa, than others and does not kit well. Its combinations are longer than any breed but do not dive to charge the coop. It is the ancestor of today's Syrian Coop Tumbler by the way of Seljuks. Today it is one of the most rare breeds of takla. Result of the years of migration to this city from all over Turkey because of its Mediterranean Rivera climate, many different takla breeds were introduced to the city and were cross bred with Antalya. If it is possible to find this breed in it is pure form it is outside of its own region in the hands a few fanciers.

Diyarbakır:
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This one is a chubby kind of takla with a relatively shorter neck and legs. It's body is unlike most pigeon breeds is flat looking from front almost an ellipse, horizontally wider. Diyarbakır comes in all colors in most bright tones. It's head ornaments also come in different shapes. Beak crest, rose, besides coming in traditional shape, comes in different shapes as a "coin rose" similar to Bokhara trumpeters' or "side swap' like the bird on this picture, brushed to one side of the face. The head crest extends from cheek to cheek and some times has a curl at the top bending towards the beak. Muffs can be as short as the picture shows to as long as several inches.
As far as performance goes Diyarbakır is not very competitive. Even though, it is a fairly good performer, it's raised primarily for its looks.
Diyarbakır also is a region of Turkey where many tumbler looking breeds raised for their physical qualities or voices. One can consider Diyarbakır the pigeon capital of Turkey.

Konya: Physically it is very similar to Mardin but its beak is smaller like the Antalya taklas. Performance vise they are very comparable to Antalya but, instead of flying solo they prefer to be flown in kits.
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