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

WEIGHT

Cock 26oz     Hen 22oz     Cockerel 22     Pullet 20oz

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, partly hidden by relatively long muff feathers.
EYES: Large, round, bold. 


WATTLES: Rudimentary only, but preferably none.


EAR LOBES: Very small, inconspicuous, free from wrinkles or folds, hidden by muff.


BEARD & MUFFS: Composed of feathers turned horizontally backwards from both sides of beak, from the center, vertically downward, the whole forming a collar of three ovals in a triangular group, giving a muffed effect; whiskers adjoining muffs and running into crest.


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


NECK: Medium length, hackle very thick, flowing well down over back and shoulders, almost meeting in front of neck.


BACK: Fairly long, broad at shoulders, tapering to base of tail.


SADDLE: Abundant, flowing well over wing tips and filling space between abdomen and tail coverts.


TAIL: Large, carried at approximately 60 degrees above the horizontal. Main tail - feathers wide and well spread. Sickles & lesser sickles - long, wide, well curved, abundant. Coverts - long, abundant. 


WINGS: Moderately long, fitting neatly to body, sloping downward at same angle as the vulture hock feathers, incurved toward the abdomen so that a part of the wing tips are covered with lower saddle feathers. Shoulders & fronts - carried well back from front of breast, hidden by hackle. Bows - smooth, prominent, well rounded. Coverts - feathers broad, forming two distinct bars across wings. Primaries - medium length and width, strong, concealed by secondaries. Secondaries - wide, moderate length, tapering convexly to stern.


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


LEGS & TOES: Legs - widely set, parallel to each other without bowing or knock knees. Lower thighs - medium length, feathers starting from lower inside part of thighs, forming a cluster of long stiff feathers, close together, known as vulture hocks, inclined toward the ground, following outline of the wings. Shanks - medium length, front and outside covered with feathers which are short at top and gradually increasing in length toward the bottom, stiff and turning horizontally outward, their ends curving backwards. Spurs - small, short, set just above the fifth toe. Toes - five, three front straight, evenly spread, hind toe double, normal toe in natural position, extra toe placed above, curving upward; plumage, outside toe and outside of middle toe feathered in same manner as shanks.


APPEARANCE: All features prominent in outline, graceful, stately.  

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: Rudimentary only, but preferably none.


EAR LOBES: Very small, inconspicuous, free from wrinkles or folds, hidden by muff.


BEARD & MUFF: Composed of feathers turned horizontally backwards from both sides of beak, from the center, vertically downward, the whole forming a collar of three ovals in a triangular group, giving a muffed effect; whiskers adjoining muffs and running into crest.


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


HACKLE: Medium length, abundant, flowing well down over cape.


BACK: Fairly long, broad at shoulders, tapering to base of tail.


TAIL: Full, carried at approximately 60 degrees above the horizontal. Main tail - feathers medium width, top two feathers slightly curved in a convexed manner, widely spread.  Coverts - abundant, widening as they flow to about two thirds the way up the tail.  


WINGS: Moderately long, fitting neatly to body, sloping downward at same angle as the vulture hock feathers, incurved toward the abdomen. Shoulders & fronts - carried well back from front of breast. Bows - smooth, well rounded. Coverts - feathers broad, two distinct bars across wings. Primaries - medium width, strong, concealed by secondaries. Secondaries - wide, moderate length, tapering convexly to stern.


BREAST: Broad, deep, the upper part well developed and carried well forward.


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


LEGS & TOES: Legs - rather widely set, parallel to each other without bowing or knock knees. Lower thighs - medium length, feathers starting from lower inside part of thighs, forming a cluster of long stiff feathers, close together, known as vulture hocks, inclined toward the ground, flowing outline of the wings. Shanks - medium length, front and outside covered with feathers which are short at top and gradually increasing in length toward the bottom, stiff and turning horizontally outward, their ends curving backwards.Toes - five, three front straight, evenly spread, hind toe double, normal toe in natural position, extra toe placed above, curving upward; plumage, outside toe and outside of middle toe feathered in same manner as shanks.


APPEARANCE: All features prominent in outline, graceful, stately.

DISQUALIFICATIONS

Absence of muffs and/or beard - Severed wattles - Squirrel tail - Absence of vulture hocks.

DEFECTS

Split crest - twisted or reverse-faced feathers in crest - Unduly long and/or too narrow neck - Scantiness of feathers in beard and muffs - Ear lobes that are conspicuous - Long back which destroys full breast effect - Abrupt break at juncture of back and tail - Narrow main tail and sickle feathers - Shallow and/or narrow breast - Feathering too tight, which often includes a lack of hock and foot feathering - Wings not carried parallel with vulture hocks. 


COLOR OF MALE AND FEMALE BY VARIETY


Black
CREST, MUFFS & BEARD: Black.  COMB, FACE, WATTLES & EAR LOBES: Bright red. BEAK: Black. EYES: Brown. SHANKS & TOES: Black; plumage black. PLUMAGE: Refer to black color description.


Blue
CREST, MUFFS & BEARD: Blue.  COMB, FACE, WATTLES & EAR LOBES: Red. BEAK: Swarthy horn. EYES: Brown. SHANKS & TOES: Bluish slate; plumage blue. PLUMAGE: Refer to blue color description.


White
CREST, MUFFS & BEARD: White.  COMB, FACE, WATTLES & EAR LOBES: Bright red. BEAK: Very light horn. EYES: Reddish Bay. SHANKS & TOES: Bluish slate; plumage pure white. PLUMAGE: Refer to white color description.