MALATYA

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MALATYA

Postby Kurt Gürsu » Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:43 pm

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While the first impression of Malatya tends to be elegant and athletic, the breed embodies many different performance breeds’ qualities. With its looks measuring up to show breeds, the members of the breed mostly come with head crest and its muffs tend to be as long as 6 to 8 inches.
Breed comes with many different colors and patterns and these are locally named as kırmızı kalkanlı (red shield), sırtı kula (dun back), gökağbaş (blue baldhead), kulaağbaş (dun baldhead), arap (black), arbeş, karakuyruk (blacktail), sarı kalkan (yellow shield), yanıgök (Blue side), pembe (pink), etc.

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While the possessing many beautiful color and physical qualities the breed also carries a significant level of performance quality. With out raking well trained members of the breed can fly up to 12 hours. During this flight time the birds also display a quality level of tumble performance. Our masters put lights on the roof tops for the birds that fly through out the night.

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Malatya can perform head to head with the variety of Takla that performs in the air (non-competition style). A good bird will perform a combination after each round of flight around to roof top that consist of 1 to 5 tumbles. This performance can take place at any height in the air. Some of these birds tumble so much the veins in their wings explode and result in bloody wings.

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While it can not match the instinct of a homer, a Malatya can return to its loft when released at around 100 kilometers with no problem. Our masters release birds from the city of Elazığ to be returned to their home lofts in Malatya with wagers against each other.

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Of course these quality birds do not exist in everyone’s coop but can be found in the lofts of masters who have devoted many years to the breed. The monetary and personal values of the birds tend to be in co-relationship to how much of these qualities they embody.

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The main reason of this beautiful breed not existing in other metropolitan areas of Turkey is the pigeon keeping not being highly considered in our society and our pigeon keepers’ unwillingness to share their hobby publicly with other regions’ pigeon keepers. Besides this, the fact that the pigeon fanciers of other regions display prejudices towards our breed with out truly understanding it, learning about it and because of its looks automatically labeling it as a show breed. Of course this label greatly disqualifies any breed in our country’s pigeon culture. However, as a result the breed ended up unique to our city and never gained popularity in other cities.

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