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The Black phenotype
Description Solid black colour all over the pigeon
Genotype S//?, occasional other factors.
Commonly found in breeds such as: Many

Black or self black is a phenotype found in many breeds of pigeon.


A "quality" black pigeon will produce only black feathers, with no pattern or discrepancy viable. Some breeders also aim for a glossy sheen on their black birds.


The black genotype is at minimum the combination of (heterozygous or homozygous) spread with the blue base colour. Other modifier genes may be added to darken or improve the colour, including dirty, smoky, sooty, and others.


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