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The MINOHIKI 蓑曳鶏

HEAD STUDIES

 

Minohiki Page One / Page Two / Head Study / Akazasa and Shojo Colours / Casarocca Strain of Minohiki


 
 
 

The wattles must be small if present. Better birds have no wattles. The comb is an indented walnut comb, firm and compact on the head, but not small as in the Red-Shouldered Yokohama.

The head forms I have seen have been pronoucedly rounded in the Scarlet Bamboo, but longer in the Silver Duckwings. These Silver Duckwings are the results of outcrosses undertaken by Knut Roeder in order to save the line he brought in from Japan by wayof hatching eggs. Only one rooster survived. He crossed him with one of his very fine Yokohamas, the results were then crossed back to the Silver Minohiki with superb results.

 

If one studies the diverese images of the Minohiki I have on this website, one can see this difference. Note in the illustrations here, the Scarlet Bamboos have expressly rounded heads. The Silvers on this page are rather normal, not too long, in form. The presence of wattles IS NOT a disqualification! The form and flow of the animal, however, is more elegant in the examples I've seen without wattles. It were as though a flowing line starts at the tip of the beak and moves both down the neck, chest and dropped wing and down the back of the head, neck, back and to the tip of the tail.


One can also see that the Scarlet Bamboo (Black-Tailed Buff) has a more Shamoid-gamefowl eyebrow and the Silver Duckwings much less.

The Jokohama below, very likely one of the European descendants of the Minohiki, should have a long, pointed head like a Malayan.






 


 

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