Chinese Nasal Crest

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Chinese Nasal Crest
Pigeon expressing either Cnc//+ or Cnc//Cnc.
Pigeon expressing either Cnc//+ or Cnc//Cnc.
Locus Cnc locus
Genetic symbol Cnc
Common name Chinese Nasal Crest
Inheritance Autosomal dominant
Mutation type Morphological

Chinese Nasal Crest (symbol Cnc) is a dominant morphological mutation of Chinese origin located at the Cnc locus.


The crest consists of two series of feathers rising from just behind the cere on the bird’s forehead, with each series of feathers twisting to the opposite side and overlapping the other.


Chinese nasal crest is an autosomal dominant mutation. This means that only one parent of either sex needs to carry the mutant gene for it to express in the next generation. Unless it is hidden by another modifier, a pigeon not expressing this trait will not pass it onto its children.


See also

Peak crest - another unrelated crest mutation.

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