International Bokhara Trumpeter Club
Welcome to the International
Bokhara Trumpeter Club
In the Trumpeter we have a curious variety of pigeon, distinguished by the peculiar
sound of it's voice. The Germans call it the drummer and the English and Americans the
trumpeter. Originally the Trumpeter came from Bokhara in Central Asia, by way of
Russia, where it is still extensively bred, which probably accounts for the fact that it was
named Russian Trumpeter. Essentially a squatty, close but soft-feathered bird, the
Bokhara or Russian Trumpeter has a large body, short neck, well developed shoulders,
and long flights. Its crouching body stands on short legs, with the head carried rather low
in order to show the perfectly round rose on top of it. Frequently, the Trumpeter gropes
around from place to place, unable to see except in a downward direction, and is fond of
retiring into corners where it drums to its mate.

The Trumpeter is bred mainly for its feather qualities. First of all, there is the rose, about
the size of a half-dollar piece, which should be very compactly and firmly feathered.
Moreover, it should radiate from the center of the skull and fall away gracefully over the
beak and the sides of the head. The shell crest, standing erect, should be thick and
deep, encompassing the back of the head from ear to ear.

The Trumpeter's boots - its foot and hock feathers - should be long, frequently
exceeding eight to ten inches, profuse, and evenly spread, with the outer feathers
forming a semi-circle. Broken muffs or broken feathers on any portion of the pigeon's
body are regarded as a serious defect.
White eyes are preferred in the Trumpeter. Comments Pruetz, well known German
authority: "The fine pearl eyes betray the noble race which exacts admiration from every

Some believe the Trumpeter's voice has not been developed to any marked extent,
which is very regrettable, for the peculiar cooing is the most charming quality of this
pigeon. For good and proper drumming, there are necessary, according to Neumeister
and Pruetz, "a good beginning, a distinctly marked delivery, and an alternate rise and fall
of the sound, trilling and sustaining." The more continuously the Trumpeter drums in the
approved style, the more valuable bird he is. Some males, with brief interruptions, have
been known to trumpet for as long as ten minutes. Even when eating they will trumpet,
there being no difference in the sound when the crop is full or empty. The hen likewise
trumpets, though much more softly than the male, and less often. When the breeding
season begins, many Trumpeter fanciers clip the rose, the foot feathers, as well as the
long feathers around the vent to ensure fertile and unbroken eggs.
Some History of the Breed
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