The American Fantail first arrived in North America in the mid
1850's. Origin being from Asia.
I have found these guys to be like little balls of feathers overdosed
on sugar adrenalin. They "Tippy-Toe" around in such a fashion that it
will put a smile on your face. I place them 2nd on my pigeon favorites
list just under the Shakh Sharli Tumblers. They quickly won my heart
with their "bouncy" behavior and natural gentleness. Yes,
little "Bundles of energy!"
The NPA description: The modern Fantail is best described as a
softball with wings, legs, and a massive flat, circular, slightly
concave tail that is carried well up, with no inclination to recline.
The tail consists of 30 to 38 feathers. The legs of the Fantail are
it's foundation, being well set forward, following the graceful
curvature of the chest and set wide on the body to enhance it's action
and stance. This breed has been described as a "bundle of energy,"
always moving and showing it's tiny delicate head tucked snugly in the
vertex of it's rounded chest and large flat tail. There should be a
constant back and forth movement of the neck, and the bird should stand
on tiptoe and walk elegantly.
Color and Markings: They are bred in more than fifty colors
and marking patterns including selfs; saddles that are all white birds
with colored wing shields, and tailmarks, which are all white birds
with colored tails.
General: Fantails are both docile and friendly. They are easy
to raise and make a wonderful addition to any loft.