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Slide Four:

Old German Owl: Red Shield

White is really the absence of color rather than a color itself. It is an area where the color is "bleached" out. Bartrude here, is an example of the ash red color in pigeons just as the Racing Homer in slide two was. Notice, though, that she is a red brick color, the red part of the ash red, rather than the ash color. The part that would normally have been ash colored has been "bleached" out leaving the white areas. This particular marking is called either shield or saddle marked, and is quite common in several of the fancy breeds.  It is refered to as shield marked in the German Owl, the breed I focus on. Now, back to that other gene in the pigeon breeder's palette, spread.