Does not exist in USA


Postby Kurt Gürsu » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:26 pm

It is impossible for old and experienced fanciers who remember it or even for fanciers that kept Tokur briefly to forget this breed.
Bango sized this bird will immediately catch your attention with its tall stand, unique walk, lively character.
Unfortunately today Tokur is an almost extinct breed.
Most noticeable characteristic of the Tokur is its head structure.
Back of the head and the tip of the beak look almost like, it was squized between two fingers.
A stretched beak fit perfectly to its compressed head.
Grayish yellow eyes and white nasal meat on it's unique head separates it from other short faced breeds.
It carries a thin white ring around its eyes.
Eyes are not execrated but delicate and do not stick out.
Old cocks beak gets covered by their nasal meat.
Tokur always comes in pure colors and most common of them is black.
Dull yellow, ash, almond, deroy, brick-red, blue, bronzed blue, red and çakal-neck are other common colors in this breed.
Çakal-necks are red-self birds when they born, young birds, with time, starting from their wings going to the tail start to get white feathers.
On all colors of Tokur there are small gray markings of almond gene present.
Tokur must be trained for flight as they start to get rid of their baby feathers.
There can be some with flight if they are trained late.
They get out of shape very easily.
Tokur fly in kits and do not go to high altitudes.
There is no standard number of birds for kits.
For this breed to land on another loft or get confused is not possible.
Tokur is known to be very sensitive and it is important to pay close attention while pairing.
Otherwise it can be impossible for you to pair them with a new mate.
Once separated from its mate it would be very difficult for Tokur to accept another mate.
To shorten the beaks of many different breeds for many years Tokur has been exported from Denizli.
Especially to Istanbul.
This almost extinct breed demands some very high prices today.
They are bred only in two lofts.
When sold to another loft or for some very strange reason captured, Tokur will loose all its liveliness, hide in one corner, stay away from possible mates and only eat as much to not to die.
This is one of the reasons for Tokur to reduce in numbers.

Documented Tokur history in Denizli is about 200-250 Years.
Today the biggest danger to our beloved Tokur is the imported birds.
Because of their similar looks to Tokur and much cheaper prices they are gaining popularity and we must protect our birds.
Because of their sensitivity and genetic structure they deserve to be protected.

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