Re: Morrilleros With my birds, the young birds have their wings above the tail.. the old birds go back and forth, sometimes above, sometimes below. You will see the same trend on YouTube videos. I would think it would be best to select breeders for birds with the wings below the tail. It seems tricky to me because the tail does not rise very far like it does on an Oriental Roller, making it easy to get a strain with wings above the tail.
Here's some videos I found on YouTube. There are not my birds:
Notice on this pair, the cоck has drooped wings and the hen does not:
In this group of birds most of them do not have drooped wings. I assume these are young birds.
I have noticed the same thing, I just wasn't sure if they left the nest with wings below the tail or not. I found one you-tube video from Spain with Morrilleros that had their tails so high you would have thought they were Kazaners. I wish I would have tagged it because I can't find it now.
Going through my papers I noticed I didn't have a standard for Morrilleros or Balears. Does anyone have these standards in English? All of the standards I use are from the Anglo-Iberian Cropper Federation. Are these the same standards you all use?
Re: Morrilleros My guess is they are like a lot of other thief pouter breeds, even in their home country there's a lot of variation between strains, and like other performance breeds, the differences are made even greater because some are made for show and some are made for flying or working. It seems every breeder goes in his own direction.
It becomes even greater when there's a language gulf. I have had problems with understanding the Horseman Thief Pouter since I first acquired them and I have an English standard and people from the UK to advise me.