Gujarat Journal of Extension Education (ISSN 2322-0678)

Title: COMPREHENSIVE DESCRIPTION OF BODY SHAPES, SIZES AND PLUMAGE COLORATIONS OF DOMESTIC PIGEONS IN BENUE STATE OF NIGERIA

Authors: J. A. Patrick, U. D. Omede and Elisha Ikpe

Publisher: Society of Extension Education Gujarat

Keywords: Pigeons, Body Shapes, Sizes, Plumage

Volume: 34

Issue: 1

Year: December 2022

DOI: https://doi.org/10.56572/gjoee.2022.34.1.0003

Abstract: The domestic Pigeons (Columbia livia domestica) are hardy birds that can be raised with little effort. They are able to survive in hostile climates and fend for themselves, often ranging over many kilometers in attempt to locate seeds and edible scraps. In Nigeria pigeons are well distributed in the different agro-ecological zones of the country. In Benue State and indeed Nigeria, the available domestic pigeon population is largely genetically and phenotypically uncharacterized. Considering this fact, the present study was conducted on Comprehensive Description of Body Shapes, Sizes and Plumage Colorations of Domestic Pigeons in Benue State, Nigeria. Field data collection phase of the study was carried out through combined use of questionnaire and fortnightly visits for a period of six months. A total of sixty pigeon farmers and three hundred domestic pigeons were covered during the survey. Mature body weights were measured to the nearest grammes on all the adult birds covered during the field data phase using a 5kg capacity weighing scale. Plumage, beak and shank colourations/colour patterns were measured via visual observations during the two phases of the experiment. Body, shank, beak, thigh and wing lengths and breast girth were measured at maturity using a graduated linear scale (rule) and tailor

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