The Seraphim: one of the American Breeds
The Seraphim is indeed the most recent serendipitous creation, and its creator,rather than being long gone, still roams among us. Anne Ellis reflects:
|"I was playing around with oldfashioned, long-faced Oriental Frills and surprise! I got a beautiful combination that turns white with the first molt. I was so impressed with the beauty of these angelic birds that I named them "Seraphim." But Seraphim are not your regular, pigeon-type of angel because, although they look white, they are actually genetically recessive red and recessive yellow! confused? Don't be, it's really very simple. Imagine an angelic bird that has a touch of magic...."||
|The Seraphim were created from what Anne calls old fashioned Oriental Frills. These old fashioned frills have longer faces and are much slimmer than the Oriental Frills exhibited at shows today. Today's Oriental Frills' beaks are too short to be effective parents to their own young, and foster parents are required to raise them. Because of the longer beak,the old fashioned Oriental Frills are quite capable of feeding their own young.. The Seraphim has retained this desirable quality of the old fashioned Oriental Frills, and are also quite capable of taking care of their young..|
|As Anne stated, the Seraphim are all genetically recessive red or recessive yellow, but at maturity manifest the Seraphim's white angel color. As young birds, before the first molt, they show patches of this underlying yellow or red color, and look quite jolly and playful. It is not until after the first, and in some rare stubborn cases the second molt, that the magic occurs and they gain their angelic pure white appearance.|
|They have also kept the frill, peak crest, mane, slipper-like grouse feet and the gentle temperament of the old Oriental Frills, but have gained and an elegant form and unique head structure. Anne describes the grouse-type feathering on their feet as white stars and it is not hard to see why. She has created the perfect combination of grace and beauty and kept a touch of magic, making this breed worthy of the name Seraphim. A Seraphim, in case you are wondering, is a six-winged angel that guards the throne of the Lord.|
|In January of 1995 the NPA unanimously adopted
of Perfection for the Seraphim, and officially recognized the breed.
Anne began with pigeons as pets. Her first breed was the Saxon Monk. She started the Seraphim project in 1986, and had placed over 170 young Seraphim in new homes by 1995. She remains passionate about what makes a this perfect bird. They are living, moving, works of art. I do not know if they have yet made it abroad, but I would be surprised if they have not. They are, after all, adorable.