BOLK ACHDAR STANDARDS
Translated by Adel Salem
The largest among all Bolk and notably oval and wide, blending tightly with a broad beak.
Beak and beak settings: 20%
Inclined slightly downward, longer, broader than the Walnut, Black, Faru, Zahr and Istan-buly, reflecting on the size of this bird. A heavy cushion of feathers at the beak-frontal junction is responsible for a bulging in that area.
They appear of darker color than the shields because of the feather density in this area. They should be long, wide, round and a mirror image and far from each other. The cheeks extend themselves upward from each side covering ¾ of the eye as they reach the frontal. There should be a dividing white line (Messala) crossing the frontal separating the dark feathers of the cheeks.
Should be small, smooth, white and free from any coarsens.
Wide, occupying half of the head. While located in the middle of the skull, its periphery stretches upward towards the top of the skull giving it a characteristic look. The eye color is hazel with different shades and pigmentation reflecting the shield colors. The eyelid is fine, smooth in texture and white in color.
Neck: 5% . The back of the neck is notably fluffed because of a heavy amount of fluffed feathers in that area. The neck is short and wide as viewed side ways.
Flights and tail: 5%
Wing tips must be shorter than the tail and close to each other. Flights in many of these birds display themselves just below the tail but not dragging on the floor. The flights or the first 10 primary feathers are white. Bolks express a minimum of 12 tail feathers and notable thick tail coverts.
Legs and feet: 5%
Legs strong and short, free from feathers below the hock. Toes are large and well spread apart.
Appearance: 10% tight long sloped body. The back is broad and steep (concave), showing no humps. They reach over 13 inches (35 cm) from front of breast to tip of tail. The skeletal structure (frame) is strong and muscular, nearly equaling the Mesaweds in size of 14 ounces (0.85 pound) for a bird.
All birds should be alert with horizontal and low station because of their short legs and length. The birds tend to set on their hinds (squat) as they become approached in their cage.
the color of the shields should be well defined (light blue) with black or brown bars crossing each shield. The rump or the upper tail coverts and neck should preferably be devoid from dark feathers.
Loose feathers, which might be evidenced by fluffed feathers or wings dragging permanently on the floor.
Note: if tail or primaries are occasionally interrupted with darker feathers, it should be dealt with a minimum distraction on the overall evaluation of the bird.
Disqualification: any obvious cross breeding as indicated by unusual head shape and beak setting or eye color.
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