Fantail pigeon

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A Fantail pigeon

The Fantail is a popular breed of fancy pigeon.[1] It is characterised by a fan-shaped tail composed of 30 to 40 feathers, abnormally more than most members of the pigeon family, which usually have 12 to 14 feathers.[2] The breed is thought to have originated in Pakistan, India, China or Spain. There are several subvarieties, such as the English Fantail, the Indian Fantail, and the Thai Fantail. Charles Darwin used it as one of the examples in the first chapter of On The Origin Of Species.

A Silky Fantail

There is a feather mutation called Silky that gives an interesting lace effect to a Fantails tail feathers.[1] Fantails with this mutation are known as Silky or Lace Fantails.

Fantails are often used by pigeon flyers in the training of racing pigeons and Tipplers. They are used as droppers in that they are placed on the loft landing board as a signal to the flying birds to come in and be fed.

Thai Fantails[edit]

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This breed was first introduced by an international breeder Darwin Charles. This breed was so fine and beautiful but fact is that it can't spread in all over the world. Only a few peoples have this type of breed on international level. But in Pakistan's city Lahore a fantail breeder's son (ehtisham) introduce this breed in Pakistan. He named this breed (striper thai fantail). He paired a fantail pair, male with black color and female with brown color. Both belongs to different fantail breeds. They produce chicks of thai fantail (one is red stripe fantail and other is black stipe). Now a day's he is trying to make a large colony of this breed.[citation needed]

Darwin charles also explain a breed of Fantail named Thai fantail, they are same as like as Indian fantail, but the differ is that they are pure white and tail have a ribon like stripe of other colors[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Levi, Wendell (1977). The Pigeon. Sumter, S.C.: Levi Publishing Co, Inc. ISBN 0-85390-013-2. 
  2. ^ Seymour, Colin (Ed) (1995). Australian Fancy Pigeons. A.N.P.A. (Australian National Pigeon Association).