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Slide Five

Old German Owl: Black

This is another shield marked bird. It is the basic blue color we saw in the very first slide, but another gene, spread, has been added to its palette. Spread takes the color of the tail bar we talked about in slide three, and spreads it out all over the bird. That is exactly what it has done here, and that is why there is none of that blue/grey color on the wing. The white has still bleached out the color on the rest of the pigeon. If it was not for the white bleaching effect, this bird would be all black. Now, the tail bar color of an ash red pigeon is ash colored. So how do you think an ash red with spread might look?