The Spanish Strawberry Eye Pigeons – or also known by the names: Oeil de Fraise, Spanisches Erdbeerauge, Occhio in Fragoia, ИспанскаяКлубникаГлаз – is one of the varieties originally from North Africa, later incorporated and bred in Spain, and considered one ancient races that have been detected for several centuries ago in Europe. Finally, at the beginning of the 21st century, was introduced and introduced in Germany as one of the standard varieties. Varieties grouped into this type of spanish wattle pigeons, according to existing records, are still rare, and captive breeding is still done by certain breeders, both in Spain and in Germany. This variety has excellent flying ability, but it seems more appearance to be the focus of attention.
Described by ancient Spanish authors Cavanilles (1799) and Rojas Clemente (1800). It was a highly prized breed in the Spanish Mediterranean regions, but then it suffered a great decline that led to its disappearance.
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Today few specimens are preserved and with little care, both in appearance and color, the “cutthroat” variety having been almost completely lost and currently in the process of recovery. After a tough initial recovery task, they begin to see specimens with a certain quality, but really few breeders are dedicated to this breed. Specimens can be found in Germany, Holland and southern France.
Ojo de Fresa (Ull de Maduixa) is a medium-sized pigeon (295-340 grams), broad chest and back with a compact and strong appearance. Erect carriage of short and thick legs. The wings and tail are wide and long.
Its main characteristics are in the head. Large, short, wide and square (like a dice), the bill is short and thick, the eye rims are extremely developed and strawberry-colored (hence its name), formed by two or three concentric circles, which they increase in size and thickness from the inside out.