OTATI STANDARDS

Translated by Adel Salem

Head: 15%  

Medium to large size. Arching from the base of the back of the skull to the end of the beak, presenting a compacted round to oval head. Showing minimal flatness. The frontal must be broad and round, carrying right down to its junction with the wattle as much of the width between the eyes as possible.

Beak and beak settings: 20% 

Short to medium length, stout and strong with substance and blunt at the tip. The under mandible is equal in strength to the upper and fitting tightly. The beak should be slightly inclined; showing no gaps as it meets the frontal.

Wattle and Eyelid: 5%

Medium size with slight coarseness increasing by age, blending the beak to the frontal smoothly. Wattles are less notable in females.

Eye color: 10% 

Wide and alert eyes with pearl to light red  surrounding the pupil(the dark center of the eye) The periphery of that color is wrapped in intense orange color. Deep brown eyes are also noted. Lids match the wattle in thickness.

Neck: 5%

Stout with short to medium length blending with a long concave back and a broad chest.

Flights and tail: 10% 

folding Compactly and resting on the tail. Wing tips must be shorter than the tail and close to each other and overlapping. 

Appearance: 15%

Bullish look with strong skeleton and muscular body. The back is broad and steep (concave), showing no humps. Their average length is not less than 12 inches (30.5) from front of breast to tip of tail.

Stance and legs: 10% 

Horizontal station. The shank (lower portion of legs) is short and forms an obtuse angle as it meets with the hock (the joint between the drumstick  and shank), thus showing the alertness of the bird. Legs strong with short to medium length free from feathers below the hock. Toes are large and well spread apart with bright red colors.

Colors: 10% 

the group has three shades of colors complementing the platinum color of the neck.

Mahalawy: dark indigo body. The lacing is notable at a close up in what appear as black color at a first glance. The silver mane varies in it's intensity in this sub group.

Andalusian: The most common color of this group, which is lighter than the indigo group. The lacing is prominent and strong.

Saboni: The lightest of this group. A powder blue with faded lacing marking contrast against a lighter rich platinum neck.

The mating of any of the above groups will produce up to 25% dark indigo without any neck markings; however when mated to other colors in the group will still produce the basic Otati colors.

Undesirable traits: 
Loose feathers, which might be evidenced by permanent droopy wings and fluffed feathers. Mousy beaks. Steep dip or gap between the frontal and the beak. Non-conforming colors. Long legs or too high of a station. 

Disqualification: 
any obvious cross breeding as indicated by unusual head shape, presence of crest or frill and odd color.

References: 
Translated from the book of standards 1996. ISBN 977-19-0924. Prepared for publication by Mohamed Gab Allah 
Drawing by Dr Mohamed Khater 
Other books used; the pigeon, by Levi 
The international pigeon standards. 15th edition