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Friar cap in flight by Lluis Colom

The Catalonian tumbler is a small pigeon, upright and vertical with a wide and roundish breast giving it a strong appearance.  With a head that resembles a hazelnut. 

Origin of the Catalonian Tumbler:

Catalonia, North West of Spain. Very old fashioned flying pigeon, represented in illustrations of the 10th century. Originally branching off from an oriental race, it was introduced to the Iberian Peninsula during intense Mediterranean commercial activity and created in the Catalan regions during the XIII and XIV centuries. Its current morphology, has been achieved over time through selective breeding and crossings with other flying races giving this breed beautiful and immense colors. This race was used for years for the purpose of flock flying.  Each fancier would fly his distinct colored or patterned flock thus making it easier to recognize his birds from below.

Varieties and colors:

This pigeon has been known as the pigeon with most beautiful and varied plumage of all existing pigeon races. All colors of plumage are accepted, as long as they are clean, bright and follow a particular pattern in terms of distribution across the whole body. It is said that there are over a thousand colors, because there are basic colors and also their combinations with different patterns and distribution.  Also those with  whitemarks appearing in different parts of the body, resulting in an infinite number of combinations. They are divided on two major groups, depending on the distribution of the white color. Blancatxos": Combination of colors (black / dun, red / yellow, wild type / silver bar, kite / sulphur) and colored areas on a white base body.

Colored: Colorful base (all the possible colours) where there are other colors combined, patterns and distribution areas.