Indian Fantail


The judging of the Indian Fantail is divided into six main areas as follows: stance, tail, body, condition, color and markings. The allocation of points total 100 and describes the ideal toward which we are striving. Balance is of primary importance, with the dominating factor to be an all-balanced bird.


Proper stance reflects a harmonious blending of all parts, providing balance and a natural stylishness. The carriage of the head and neck should be such that they are perpendicular to the ground with the eyes directly above the tips of the toes when the bird stations itself. The tail should be carried upright at a slight angle or tilt away from its feet, not on the tip of its toes. Body carriage should give the impression of levelness. As a guide the angle of the body should be 20 degrees up from horizontal.

Faults - Carrying breast too high; head carried back too far; tail carried too nearly parallel to the ground or tipped too far forward; shaking of neck.


The tail should be large, full, round, held upright and cover from ¾ to 7/8 of a complete circle. Tail feathers should reach 1 ½ to 2 inches above the top of the head. The tail should not be perfectly flat, but saucer shaped. A double layer of tail feathers is to be preferred.

Faults - Cone-shaped or scopp tail; feathers making less than ¾ or a complete circle; splits on the tail sides caused by flight feathers; excessive twisting of tail feathers so that they do not lie flat.


A medium size bird about 14 to 18 ounces, as in Show Racers or English Trumpeters. When all else is equal, the advantage should go to the larger bird.

Head, Eyes, & Neck

The head must be full and round in proportion to the rest of the body. In all cases both eyes must be the same color. The neck is medium in length and full in feather.

Faults - Shaking of neck.


The base of the crest must be in direct line with the eyes and beak setting. Peak Crest, as seen in an Archangel or Turbit, to be preferred, or a small shell crest.

Breast and Back

The breast must be round and full. Breast feathers are to cover wing butts. The back must be medium in length and width, leaving about a 1 ½ inch space between the head and tail when at station, standing naturally.

Legs, Muffs, and Flights

The legs are medium in length. The muffs are full-feathered and about two inches in length, with hock feathers to match. The feathering must be sufficient to cover all toes. Flights should be carried under the tail, but should not drag on the ground.

Faults - Bare toes/feet or excessively over muffed.

Feather Texture

Feathers to lie smoothly and to be medium to hard in texture. Feathers to be broad, especially the main tail feathers. The backing feathers of the tail are to fit closely against the tail.


The bird should be healthy, alert, clean, and free of parasites.


Recognizing the difficulty in achieving superior color, if other points are equal, preference can be given to a superior colored bird in the self classes. All colors to be rich, lustrous, and pure with as little smut as possible and with a maximum of sheen. In all colors the ground color becomes darker as progression is made from barred, to check, to T-pattern. All self colored birds to be evenly colored throughout. Colors to include the intense and dilute version of each.


Classes for recognized colors and markings are as follows, and all birds identifiable to a particular or marked class are to be shown in that class even if they do not meet full requirements. Recognizing the difficulty in achieving correctly-marked birds, if other points are equal, preference to be given a well-marked bird.

Solid selfs - Black, dun, brown, khaki, and recessive red and yellow.

Patterned selfs - Blue, ash red, and brown; barless, barred, checked, and T-pattern.

White - An all white bird.

Bodymark - All white main tail with colored body.

Saddle - All white bird with colored wing shield; primary flights are white and secondaries, colored.

Tailmark - All white body with a colored main tail.

Ribbontail - Solid-colored body and tail except for a ½" and ¾" white or near-white ribbon or band running continuously across every feather of the tail. The band should be ½" to 1" from the tips of the tail feathers.

Almond - Any pigment, T-pattern, almond factor.

Splash - This class to include partially colored birds having at least 40% of their body covered with white feathers in a random pattern. This class should not include any bird that is recognizable as a mismark of a recognized color, mark, or pattern.

A.O.C. (any other color) - this class is to include all new colors such as indigo, grizzle, gold, spread lavender, and new markings as well as any other new or experimental colors and marks.


- A split in the center or top of the tail

- Crooked or slanted tail

- Eyes not of the same color or split-colored eyes

- No crest

- Lacing of tail feathers

- Any cut feathers

- Any excessive plucking

- Any sick bird

- Any crippled or maimed

- Excessive signs of parasites