BIRMINGHAM ROLLER COLORS
Below are pictures and accurate
descriptions            of flying Birmingham Roller
Pigeons
LAVENDER BALD HEAD
BRONZ TORTASHELL
DUN GRIZZLE
RED BAR BALD HEAD
BRONZ BAR BLACK BADGE
LAVENDER BADGE
All badge marked birds will
have white or mixed
flights,Birds with dark flights,
and a little white around the
neck and head, are grizzles.A
red spangle has a white base
with red patches, a red
mottle, has a red base with
white patches
All solid colored birds are
called selfs. Kite is a Almond
term, the color kite is a black
bronz self, the classical white
self feathers ) Lets say I was
judging a preforming  roller
show. Two almonds come
up, and one is the classical
almond self, and the other
almost identical. Except it has
five pure white flights mixed
in it's wings. I would have to
place the roller with no white
flights in it's wing ahead of
the bird with pure white
feathers, because the first is
the CLASSICIAL almond
color, and pure white
feathers mixed in is a color
flaw. The mix wing roller
could have been the better
performer in the air, The
better colored self almond
could be the better breeder
of performance birds, It could
be the father of the mixwing  
almond when mated to a
black bronz mixwing (kite)
The better color mating is the
black bronz with no white
feathers. So to get the best
spinner in the air, you might
have to use the bird with the
white feathers, Now lets look
at a different perspective.
The almond with some white
flight feathers has tight silky
feathers that shine, The
CLASSICIAL almond,loose
fluffy feathers, with it's wings
drooping, the mixwing , eyes
shinning, and standing on it's
toes, now in a performing
roller show who's the winner,
To a breeder with years of
experience it's pretty obvious.
The mixwing's superior
quality's out trump the
CLASSICIAL almonds color ,
to a beginner it's very
confusing.  You can breed for
color and ultimate
performance, if you have
many years of experience
and high quality stock.
YELLOW SELF
RED BAR BROACHED
BLACK BAR BROACHED
BLUE GRIZZLE WHITE FLIGHT
BLUE SADDLE BALD
BLACK SADDLE BALD
RED BAR SELF
BLACK MIXWING
All colors of rollers can
preform to the highest degree
. To breed just for color , you
will soon loose feather
quality, and the quality of the
roll. Although the yellow to
the left had one yellow parent
self.I have always mated
dilutes this way. And this is
why the birds color is so
uniform, and the feather
quality excellent. After all
these years I might mate two
yellows together just to see if
the feather quality will hold
up. Or start to wash out It's
the same principle with all the
different dilutes . To keep the
rich color of a Almond, You
mate the Almond to a
kite.(black bronz self)
BLACK MIX WING. THIS
18 YEAR OLD COCK IS
ACTUALLY A GRIZZLE,
IF YOU CLICK ON HIS
PICTURE, AND LOOK
AT HIS NECK, YOU
WILL SEE ALL THE
TINY WHITE FEATHERS
IF YOU PULL HIS WING
OUT YOU WILL SEE
THE 3 WHITE
FEATHERS ON HIS
WING ARE GRIZZLED,
THIS IS WHY THE
COLORS OF FLYING
ROLLERS CAN BE SO
CONFUSING, HE
LOOKS LIKE A BLACK
MIX WING,
GENETICALLY HE IS A
BLACK GRIZZLE
BLUE BRONZ GRIZZLE
BLUE BAR BROACHED BALD
Dun is not a real color, and is
not dilute. It;s just an old
timers term for a lighter color
blue. An old timer was
showing me a red check cock
and said see the Dun in this
birds rump. In a red pigeon
any blue showing, lets you
know the red cock is carrying
blue, and can produce blue
offspring.
I'm thinking this bird is not a grizzle, but a black spangle, from the picture I cant see any
feathers that have both blue and white on the same feather, Most people don't know the
difference between a grizzle and a spangle, so I will explain it, A grizzle has 2 colors on
the same feather, no matter what the colors. A red mottle has a red base, with white
feathers ( scattered ) But each feather is either red or white, A red spangle has a white
background with white feathers. A black mottle has a black base with white blotches,
and a black spangle has a white base, with black blotches, A black grizzle and a black
mottle can look almost the same, but a black mottle will have in grizzle feathers, Think of
a black badge, it has no grizzle feathers, so a black mottle is just a black badge with pure
white feathers scattered over the body. The bird in the picture is very nice, to test it you
would just mate it to a self , that you know is not a grizzle.( and in a individual  coop )
if any young are grizzle you have your answer. :)    RK'S ROLLER RANCH
PICTURES  BORROWED FROM INTERNET
So knowing all the facts, the blue splash cock is carrying grizzle, Recessive red
suppresses grizzle and that is what gives a spangle, or mottle its splotchy look,
and some don't have any grizzle feathers showing. I've heard some say that for a
bird to be a grizzle it has to show the grizzle. This isn't so, As some pure white
looking birds are genetically red grizzles. This goes to show you that everything in
this roller game isn't cut and dried. So I would still call this bird a blue spangle, You
don't call a red spangle a red grizzle, just because its carrying the grizzle factor,
Just like you wouldn't call a pure white pigeon a red grizzle , just because it also
carries the grizzle factor, RK
BLUE SPANGLE'S MATE
BLUE SPANGLE'S
YOUNGSTER
<



<
Sometimes the only way to find a birds genetic makeup is breeding a bird with
different mates, I have raised many a blue check like the color on the left, But
when you pull the birds wing out , you can see the flight feathers are grizzled, If
this were the case here, then the hen would have put the grizzle on the youngster
and not necessarily the cock, RK
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD
SOLD