Origin: The city of Modena, Italy is credited as the birthplace of the Modena. Originally, the Modena was developed and used as a sporting pigeon, with evidence supporting it's existence as early as 1327. The Modena was first imported to America from Amsterdam in 1884. It has grown to be not only one of America's most popular show pigeons, but it is also one of the oldest fancy varieties bred and shown in North America today.
Description: The Modena of today is a very different bird from the streamlined sporting birds of Italy. The ideal Modena is a compact cobby package measuring 9 1/2" tall, 7" in length, and 5" in width. The head is gracefully rounded, sweeping down to the back, which starts wide at the shoulders and extends in a short well-rounded, and prominent chest. Today's "Birds with Curves" presents not only a bird of graceful curves both top and bottom, but a compact powerhouse on display as well. Currently the larger, well-balanced birds are winning at shows as the Modena continues to evolve.
Colors and Markings: The Modena has a vast array of colors and markings. When you visit a pigeon show, you may find twenty- five or more different colors, in any of the two varieties: the Gazzi marked birds have a white body with colored head, wings, and tail; the Schietti Modenas are of one color (selfs). Today we find over forty Accepted colors adn patterns in both varieties. These color choices are broadened even more with the inttroduction of Argent (toy Stencil), four patterns of grizzle (including mottle), Magnani (almond factor), wihte, opal, and reduced. Classes are also provided for non-classified colors, allowing the breeder to carefully develop new and exciting colors.
General: The Modena's popularity is due to it's style, power, and color choices. The Modena offers a challenge to the novice and experienced breeders a like.
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