White Crested Cuckoo
























Polish Bantam Standard of Perfection, American Bantam Association 2006
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Polish Bantam Standard of Perfection

WEIGHT

Cock 30oz     Hen 26oz     Cockerel 26     Pullet 24oz

SHAPE OF MALE

COMB: V-shaped - very small, the smaller the better, resting on front of crest, each side level, preference to be given to birds without any comb.


CREST: Very large, abundantly feathered, rising well in front of head in a manner that does not obstruct sight, flowing well over back and sides of head in a compact mass, feathers similar in shape and texture to those of hackle.


BEAK: Medium length, slightly curved.

NOSTRILS: Large, wide, cavernous, rising above curved line of beak.


FACE: Fine in quality, free from wrinkles or folds.


EYES: Large, round, bold. 


WATTLES: Non-bearded - medium sized, almond shaped, well rounded at ends. Bearded - very small to non existent, concealed by beard.


EAR LOBES: Non bearded - medium sized, free from wrinkles or folds. Bearded - very small, entirely concealed by muffs.


HEAD: Large in comparison with size of bird, and with a decidedly prominent protuberance on forward section of skull, crested. 


MUFFS & BEARD: Bearded varieties - composed of feathers turned horizontally backwards, from both sides of beak, from the center, vertically downwards, the whole forming a collar of three ovals in a triangular group, giving a muffed effect.


NECK: Medium length, moderately  arched.


HACKLE: Abundant, flowing well down over back and shoulders, almost meeting in front of neck.


BACK: Fairly long, straight, broad at shoulders, tapering & sloping to tail. SADDLE: Abundant, flowing well over wing tips, filling space between abdomen and tail coverts.


TAIL: Large, well expanded, carried well back, increasing apparent length of bird ,held at an angle of about 45 degrees above the horizontal. Main Tail - feathers wide and neatly overlapping, well expanded. Sickles & lesser sickles - abundant, long, wide, well curved. Coverts - abundant, long.


WINGS: Moderately long and large, closely folded, carried well above lower thighs. Shoulders & fronts - nearly concealed by hackle and breast feathers. Bows - well rounded. Coverts - prominent, composed of two rows of broad feathers. Primaries - moderate width, completely concealed by secondaries. Secondaries -broad, tapering convexly to stern, but not beyond, wing bay concealed by saddle. BREAST: Moderately full, projecting well beyond wing fronts.

BODY & STERN: Body - medium length, compact, well proportioned. Stern - fluff, short.

LEGS & TOES: Legs - Medium length, wide set, straight when viewed from front. Lower thighs - medium length, well feathered, tapering neatly to hocks. Shanks - medium length, smooth, nicely scaled. Spurs - short, fine, set low. Toes - four, straight, well and evenly spread, evenly scaled.

APPEARANCE: Graceful, ornate, active.

SHAPE OF FEMALE

COMB: V-shaped - very small, the smaller the better, resting on front of crest, each side level, preference to be given to birds without any comb.


CREST: Large, full, compact, globular, well balanced.


BEAK: Medium length, slightly curved.


NOSTRILS: Large , wide, cavernous, rising above curved line of beak.


FACE: Fine in quality, free from wrinkles or folds.


EYES: Large, round, bold.


WATTLES: Non-Bearded - medium size, free from wrinkles or folds, nicely rounded, Bearded - very small to nonexistent, concealed by beard.


EAR LOBES: Non-Bearded - small, free from wrinkles or folds. Bearded - very small, entirely concealed by muffs.


HEAD: Large in comparison with size of bird and with a decidedly prominent protuberance on forward section of skull, crested.


MUFFS & BEARD: Bearded varieties - composed of feathers turned horizontally backwards, from both sides of beak, from the center, vertically downwards, the whole forming a collar of three ovals in a triangular group, giving a muffed effect.


NECK: Medium length, slightly arched.


HACKLE: Abundant, flowing well over cape.


BACK: Fairly long, broad at shoulders, straight, tapering and sloping to tail.


TAIL: Full, well spread, carried well back, increasing apparent length of bird, held at an angle of about 40 degrees above the horizontal. Main tail - feathers wide, top two feathers somewhat convexed. Coverts - wide, flowing well up tail.


WINGS: Large, closely folded, carried above lower thighs. Shoulders & fronts - prominent, partly concealed by hackle. Bows - well rounded. Coverts - prominent, composed of two rows of broad feathers. Primaries - moderate width, completely concealed by secondaries. Secondaries - broad, tapering convexly to stern, but not beyond.


BREAST: Moderately full, projecting beyond wing fronts.


BODY & STERN: Body - medium length and depth, compact, well proportioned. Stern - well tucked up; fluff, short.


LEGS & TOES: Legs - medium length, wide set, straight when viewed from front. Lower thighs - medium length, well feathered, tapering neatly to hocks. Shanks - medium length, fairly slender, nicely scaled. Toes - four, straight, well and evenly spread, evenly scaled.


APPEARANCE: Graceful, ornate, sprightly.

DISQUALIFICATIONS


Absence of knob on head - Absence of wide cavernous nostrils. White in crest of cockerels and pullets of laced varieties.

DEFECTS


Split crest - Twisted or reverse-faced feathers in crest - Neck unduly long and/or narrow - Abrupt break at junction of back and tail and sickle feathers - Wings carried too low.

DEFECTS - LACED VARIETIES 

Black peppering in wings and tail - Black peppering or mossiness in ground color - Black ends on lower back feathers and tail coverts - Frosting in various sections of the plumage - General color of plumage too light - Lacing too heavy - Spangling or moon marks instead of lacing - White in crest - White in flight and/or main tail feathers - Mossiness in various sections of plumage of laced varieties - Lack of activity, sluggishness - While white in the crests of cockerels and pullets of laced varieties will not be tolerated, judges shall not penalize adult birds for white "aged feathers" in the crest - Attempts are made by some breeders to improve lacing in the hackle, back and saddle of the Golden and Silver Polish bantam male by the introduction of Golden and/or Silver Sebright blood, hence the judge should be on the alert for "hen feathering" in these sections and if found, they should be cut severely.

COLOR OF MALE AND FEMALE BY VARIETY

Blue (bearded and non-bearded)
COMB, FACE, & WATTLES: Bright red. CREST: Blue. BEAK: Bluish Slate. EYES: Reddish Bay. EAR LOBES: White. BEARDS & MUFFS: Blue. SHANKS & TOES: Slate. PLUMAGE: Refer to blue color description.


Buff Laced (bearded and non-bearded)
COMB, FACE, & WATTLES: Bright red. CREST: Cock & hen - rich golden buff, laced with creamy white. Cockerel & pullet - creamy white, laced with golden buff. BEAK: Slaty blue. EYES: Reddish Bay. EAR LOBES: White. SHANKS & TOES: Slaty blue. UNDERCOLOR: Pale buff, all sections. PLUMAGE: Refer to buff laced color description.


Golden (bearded and non-bearded)
COMB, FACE, & WATTLES: Bright red. CREST: Cock & hen - rich golden bay, laced with greenish black. Cockerel & pullet - black, laced with golden bay. BEAK: Swarthy horn. EYES: Reddish Bay. EAR LOBES: White. SHANKS & TOES: Slaty blue. UNDERCOLOR: Slate in all sections. PLUMAGE: Refer to golden laced as in golden polish color description.


Silver (bearded and non-bearded)
COMB, FACE, & WATTLES: Bright red. CREST: Cock & hen - white, laced with greenish black. Cockerel & pullet - black, laced with white. BEAK: Swarthy horn. EYES: Reddish Bay. EAR LOBES: White. SHANKS & TOES: Slaty blue. UNDERCOLOR: Slate in all sections. PLUMAGE: Refer to silver laced as in silver polish color description.


White (bearded and non bearded)
COMB, FACE, & WATTLES: Bright red. CREST: White. BEAK: Dusky horn. EYES: Reddish Bay. EAR LOBES: White. BEARDS & MUFFS: White. SHANKS & TOES: Light slaty blue. PLUMAGE: Refer to white color description


White Crested Black (bearded and non-bearded)
COMB, FACE, & WATTLES: Bright red. CREST: White, a small cluster of black feathers in front is allowable, the smaller amount preferred. BEAK: Bluish black. EYES: Reddish Bay. EAR LOBES: White. SHANKS & TOES: Dark slate. UNDERCOLOR: Dull black in all sections except crest. PLUMAGE: Refer to black color description for all sections except crest.


White Crested Blue (bearded and non bearded)
COMB, FACE, & WATTLES: Bright red. CREST: White, a small cluster of blue feathers in front is allowable, the smaller amount preferred. BEAK: Bluish black. EYES: Reddish Bay. EAR LOBES: White. SHANKS & TOES: Slaty blue. PLUMAGE: Refer to blue color description for all sections except crest.


White Crested Cuckoo (non-bearded)
COMB, FACE, & WATTLES: Bright red. CREST: White, a small cluster of cuckoo feathers in front is allowable, the smaller amount preferred. BEAK: Horn. EYES: Reddish Bay. EAR LOBES: White. SHANKS & TOES: Slaty white. PLUMAGE: Refer to cuckoo color description for all sections except crest.


White Crested Chocolate (non-bearded)
COMB, FACE, & WATTLES: Bright red. CREST: White, a small cluster of chocolate-brown feathers in front is allowable, the smaller amount preferred. BEAK: Horn. EYES: Reddish Bay. EAR LOBES: White. SHANKS & TOES: Slate. PLUMAGE: Refer to chocolate color description for all sections except crest.


White Crested Khaki (non-bearded)
COMB, FACE, & WATTLES: Bright red. CREST: White, a small cluster of chocolate-brown feathers in front is allowable, the smaller amount preferred. BEAK: Horn. EYES: Reddish Bay. EAR LOBES: White. SHANKS & TOES: Slate. PLUMAGE: Refer to chocolate color description for all sections except crest.