Stargard Shaker Pigeon Characteristics, Uses & Origin

The Stargard Shaker pigeon is a breed of domestic fancy pigeon developed over many years of selective breeding. It was originally developed in Pomerania.

The breed is also known by some other names such as Zitterhall, Swan Neck, French name: Trembleur de Stargard and German name: Stargarder Zitterhals.

Exact origins or the breeds used in the creation of this breed are unknown. It is an old breed which is thought to have existed in the early 1700s.

Stargard Shaker pigeon was one of the champions at the 2007 NPA Grand Nationals. Read some more information about the breed below.

Stargard Shaker Pigeon Appearance

The Stargard Shaker pigeon is a small to medium sized breed. It has curved swan-like necks that tremble or shake in a way similar to the Fantail pigeons and the Indian Mookee. Wings of these birds are carried neatly on the tail.

The Stargard Shaker pigeons appear in many colors such as black, blue barred, checkered, yellow, lark, red and white. But the red and yellow colors are most common and are the best quality.

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They have clean legs and plain head. Although there have been some varieties with a peak crest and/or muffs.

Average mature body weight of the Stargard Shaker pigeon is between 290 and 330 grams. Photo and info from Encyclopedia of Bird Kingdom and Wikipedia.


This pigeon is a dual purpose breed. It is good for both flying and exhibition.

Special Notes

The Stargard Shaker pigeon is a very beautiful bird with uncommon appearance. It is relatively hardy and is very good forager. It is a good feeder of it’s young.

These birds were originally a flying breed, but now raised mainly as a exhibition breed. They have been in the United States for some time. But they never been popular and are fairly rare.

They require a dry house with the inside protected from snow and rain, and they also require suitable nesting materials. Separate houses will be good for mated pairs and odd birds.

The breed is also very good as pets. However, review full breed profile of this breed in the following chart.

Breed NameStargard Shaker
Other NameZitterhall, Swan Neck, French name: Trembleur de Stargard and German name: Stargarder Zitterhals
Breed PurposeFlying, exhibition
Special NotesBeautiful bird with uncommon appearance, relatively hardy, good forager, good feeder of it’s young, require suitable nesting materials
Breed ClassSmall to medium
Weight290-330 grams
Climate ToleranceNative climates
Flying AbilityExcellent
As PetsGood
ColorMainly black, blue barred, checkered, yellow, lark, red and white
Country/Place of OriginPomerania

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