German Nun Pigeons

German Nun
(Columbidae - Please see also Doves)

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German Nun (German: Deutsche Nönnchen) is is one of the oldest German pigeon breeds.,

It is also widespread among the pigeon-breeders of Russia, where it is called Cross Nun.

It got its name from its dark-colored cap on its head, and the name Cross from its tail and colored primary wing feathers, which resemble a cross during the pigeon's flight. The rest of the plumage is white.

General Description

This is a medium-billed tumbler. It averages 34-36 cm in length (including tail). The recommended band size is 7 mm.

Pigeons of this breed have a perfect body posture, a lordly air and a high carriage. The breed is substantial and viable. The birds have a specific feathering pattern, where the colored feathering can be black, red, yellow, coffee-brown, ash-grey, light blue or silver; the coloring must be deep and even. Birds are of medium size, have a round, narrow dry elongated head with a descending elongated forehead. They have eyes of medium size, which are lively and expressive with a white or pearl iris and a dark pupil. The average length of the beak is 15-17 mm. The neck is of medium length (if compared with the thin head), and smoothly descends to the chest and back; on the back side of the neck there is a crest which is a part of the forelock. The back is elongated and recedes towards the tail. The chest is relatively wide. The tail is flat, long, narrow and consists of 12 feathers. This breed has light-red unfledged legs of medium length. A characteristic feature of this breed is a high, tight, conchiform forelock, which reaches to the crest on the back, and curls on the end of the forelock which descend to the ears.

Colors: Black, Blue, silver, red, yellow, ash-grey


The distinctive flight pattern of German Nuns is a low, circular soar, which usually doesn't last long. Among Nuns there are "racers": if they see an alien pigeon when sitting on the roof, they immediately take off and by clapping their wings start to "invite" that pigeon to their pigeon-loft.


They are generally easy to keep, prolific and make good parents.

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