By Thomas Hellmann

Whitesides are indeed a special marking in our pigeon world, as it is limited to just a few breeds and the stunning thing about it is that none of them is a color pigeon, a group where you would expect such an exceptional making. But we find them in a variety of Tumbler breeds (Vienna  Whitesides,  Dutch Highfliers, Old Dutch Tumblers, Danish Tumblers, ELFCL and ELF Muffed) and also the Trumpeter family has some whitesided members k\ust think of the Dresden, Franconian, Harzburg or the English Trumpeter). Finally, we think about whitesided Chinese Owls (which were created in Sweden) and surely also of the whitesided Frillbacks. While seeing mostly only red and yellow whitesides in the show room, the black whiteside marking has something fascinating about it, more than rare and even more difficult to breed. If you study the available literature you will surely find tid-bits about black whitesides and the numerous crosses done to spawn them. Contrary to their red and yellow counterparts, the black whiteside must already hatch as whiteside while the other two colors molt into a whiteside. The whiteside marking is the climax of spreading white on the shield, one step below is what we call a "Shield tiger" (found in Dutch Highfliers) and a further step below you can find the Rosewing. In breeding black whitesided birds you will have by far more stock birds in your loft than show birds and this hempers, of course, the popularity of this gorgeous variety. While the black whiteside is already a tough task, who has ever heard of blue whitesides? I haven't but I once read of a reward put up in the beginning of the century for the creation of a blue whiteside. It's still at stake so what about getting adventurous?

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