Morrillero Alicantino Does anyone here keep Morrilleros? It's quickly becoming my favorite breed of Pouter. These are so cool!
A few months ago I bought two pairs that were off Spanish imports. At the time there was only two other people in the US that had any. Ever since I kept each pair in a small breeding cage, so I wasn't able to observe their behavior. I sold many of the first babies I raised to try and get some of my money back, because these cost me a small fortune. Because the adults were locked up alone and the babies were sold I didn't get to observe their natural behavior interacting with other Pigeons in a larger loft or outside. Well, I decided to hold back a white tail marked bird and put it in with my Picas and Horseman adults in a large loft. It matured into a male.
Now that it's mature, It is the coolest little bird! This guy has the energy and zeal of a Pica but the way it's built with it's head back and overall structure it's simply looks awesome, with it's constant strutting, dancing and cooing. His structure adds to his fire! He really puts on a great show! You have to see it in person to appreciate it. They even blow a small globe, which I don't see much of in the small cages.
I can't wait to get enough that I can afford to fly them. They say they fly with a rowing motion, with their heads raised upwards like a snake ready to strike.
Re: Morrillero Alicantino First, I will start you out with a video. It's a good representation of the breed, but you will need QuickTime to view it. QuickTime don't take long to download. The video is HERE
The first photo is of one of my pairs, but it doesn't do them justice, so I took some photos off the web. But my birds, do just what they do on the video and in the photos. I need some better photos of my birds.