The NPA Grand National:Lancaster 1997
| The Chinese Owl:
Although you might expect the Chinese Owl to be from China, it isn't. Where it did originate is not really known for certain, but Spain and India are two candidates. What is known is that the name Chinese Owl was crafted by the French pigeon dealer Destriveaux. He sold some "Chinese Owls" to King Prosche of Germany in 1865. The King bred them his entire life and was instrumental in the development of this unique owl breed. Today you can find Chinese Owl breeders all over the world.
This bird is a blue bar, so called because of its color (blue) and its markings (two bars on the wing). It was bred by Ron Schwartz. It is a young cock, band number 1063, and was the best Chinese Owl at the show.
At most pigeon shows, the various breeds are grouped by divisions. There is the group that I and a few others call chicken pigeons, which includes such breeds as the Kings, Carneaus, Runts and others. But just as there is no absolute in breed names, there are many ways to classify pigeon breeds. In the States, the pigeons I affectionately call chicken pigeons, are generally classified as utility breeds. This Chinese Owl would be classed as a fancy breed, and in some shows might even be found in a sub-class of other owl breeds of which there are several.