Breed Club Secretary
Rare Poultry Society
Alexandra Cottage, 8 St Thomas’s Road, Great Glen, Leicestershire,
The Black Sumatra fowl is a native of Sumatra, and, as far as known, is as pure blooded today as when first introduced in to America from Angers Point Sumatra in 1847. At this time they came under various names Sumatra Pheasant game, Sumatra Ebon Game and Java Pheasant Game. Because of its double spurs, it was desirable for cockfighting purposes. However, because of poor timing, it arrived in England at about the same time that legal cockfighting was abolished. It is believed that this breed would have become very popular if this law had not been enacted. The breed was admitted into the American standards as early as 1883. They were brought into Britain in 1902 by Frederick R Eaton of Norwich.
This is a fowl of graceful form and distinct carriage, with the richest of lustrous, greenish black plumage throughout. Its particular characteristic is the long flowing tail of the male, which has an abundance of long sweeping sickles and coverts. Multiple spurs are often found on males. Other characteristics are length and breadth of feather, extremely lustrous, greenish black plumage color and practically no wattle development. The females make excellent broodies.
Light / Rare