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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 10:20 pm
by Kurt Gürsu

The breed is named through out the country after the city of its origin, Bayburt, which is in North East Turkey. It is know around the globe as the "Turkish Whisperer". This name originates from the voice quality or style of the breed
On the other hand the breed is known as "Çift Gugul" (Double Crested) in the city of Bayburt and the surrounding area. As a side note the breed is also one of the 2 breeds used to create another breed known as the Belgian Ringbeater. To create this ringbeater the Bayburt was mixed with Trabzon Ringbeater. For this reason the 2 breeds tend to be very much look-a-like. Maybe for this reason or because of the short distance between the cities of Trabzon and Bayburt the breed of Bayburt for many years was classified as a ringbeater by westerners. However, Bayburt does not carry any characteristics of a ringbeater performance. Ring beating is a unique performance style that belongs to the breed of Trabzon. The rest of the ring beaters are basically the by-product of Trabzon around the globe. Bayburt breed on the other hand is a very local breed and is not well know out side the immediate area of the city of Bayburt and the surrounding areas.


Main quality of the breed is it's voice. This performance comes just like any other pigeon breed while the male bird is courting its mate. In general, where Bayburt is kept there is always a single large beam in the middle of the loft. Male will take a deep breath and walk this beam from one end to the other while singing. This performance is called as "Sırık Çekme" (Pulling the Beam) in the area. Birds perform in this manner are considered to be very valuable. Birds considered to be extremely good performers could pass out at the end of their song from lack of oxygen in their system, just like the Denizli Roosters.


The reason the breed is called "Çift Gugul" in its home range is because of it being double crested. Very rarely a single head crested (in the back of the head) birds can be seen, but these birds are not considered to be very valuable. The head crest must be big and must extend from ear to ear. The breeds relatives that exists in Belgium only comes with back crest and tends to be a little bigger then Bayburt. Head must be in a round shape, the eyes and the beaks must be normal size. The beak as much as it should be an average pigeon beak size it must be a little thinner in width. Based on the color of the bird it can be dark or light color. Eyes also must be normal size and the eye frame must not be profound. Colors of the eyes just like the beak colors are based on the color of the bird. In general the darker colored birds tend to have red or orange color eyes and rarely there are light color eyed birds. Legs must be clear of any feathers and must be in light red color. Wings must be carried above the tail.


Besides being a voice performer Bayburt also is a decent flier. It is know to fly for long periods of time and at times tumble but this tumble resembles more of a single roll. Every once in a while they will put couple of tumbles together but this is in no way similar to what Takla does. Bayburt also shows what we call back breaking during its flight, which is essentially very similar to what most young tumbler and roller breeds start doing before they learn how to tumble or roll. Wings carry a profound sound similar to Takla but much softer during flight. It is a rather timid breed and is not easily handled by the fanciers. When one enters the loft birds throw themselves wall to wall and create havoc.


Bayburt birds tend to be in pied colors. Main colors seen are white, black, yellow, red and blue. These birds present themselves in various formations in pied birds. While some birds come with white flights and tail, the other white flighted birds come with silver tails. There are also birds with self color flight and tails. The scarf marking under the beak down to chest exist in some birds. While less in numbers there are also self color birds.
There is also another common white marking exists in the breed, called star. Inspite of the name for the marking it is rather a crescent moon shape on the chest wider in the middle and narrower towards the sides. It almost sits on the chest of the bird like a neckless, it reaches the ends of the head crest on each tip. This marking is not desired to extend on to the top of the head. Birds with this marking must have two additional spots with white markings: One being the white flights and the other stomach area extending to the legs. The rest fo the body must be the color of the bird.

Note: I would like to thank my dear friend Hacı abi for his help on information and photos of the Bayburt breed.

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