Proposed Standard for the Seraphim Pigeon: NPA 1993
The Seraphim (pronounced sara-fim) are the white angels of the pigeon fancy.
They are unusual in that they are all genetically recessive red and recessive
yellow birds. They become entirely white in their first molt because of the
"whitesides" trait that they carry (some birds take two molts to lose every
colored feather and this is acceptable). Because of the purity and grace
of their lines and because of the "miraculous" way in which they become white
(of course it's genetics), they are appropriately named after the angels
that are said to guard God's throne.
When stationing, the Seraphim have a slim appearance. The head is held high, the tail low and the chest is projected upward and forward which causes the frill to become very pronounced. As is appropriate for an angel, the wings are well defined and clearly delineated from the body (there is a dramatic separation between the wing butt and the chest). The feet of the Seraphim give further proof that these birds are angels, because each toe is covered with just enough feathers to create the appearance of a white star.
Other than the color, the head is the most important feature of the Seraphim. Its graceful, noble curves leave no doubt that this bird is a heavenly creation. The curve from the beak to the peak is smooth, uninterrupted and elegant. The beak, which is soft pink in color, is not to be filed at it is perfectly proportioned to look beautiful and be fully adequate to feed young. The wattle is smooth and a whitish pink color so it does not detract from the clean line of the head. The eye is bull, the eye cere is small, unobtrusive and almost white.
The peak should be a perfect needle point with a full, arching mane that leads to a sleek, convex back (visible when the bird is stationed properly or tightly "pulled up").
Breeders of the Seraphim are seeking to achieve official recognition of the breed by the NPA. Breeders interested in joining this effort should call 309-523-2760.