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(Chrysolophus ampherstiae)

Standards

MALE

Crown:
short metallic green.

Crest:
crimson, narrow, stiff, elongated, feathers.

Face and Throat:
black, with metallic green spots.

Bare Facial Skin and Lappet:
bluish or greenish white (Bluish-green).

Ruff:
white, rounded feathers with a blue and black border.

Beak:
bluish grey.

Iris:
pale yellow

BODY:
Mantle:
metallic bluish green, rounded feathers with a black border edged with scintillant green.

Upper and Middle Back:
black, with a green bar and a wide buffy yellow fringe, feathers broad and square.

Rump:
black, with a green bar and with a vermillion fringe. Vermillion fringe shows an irregular patch, feathers of rump broad and square.

Breast:
metallic bluish-green, rounded feathers with a black border edged with scintillant green; wider and brighter than mantle.

Lower Breast:
white.

Flanks:
white, sometimes with a slight tinge of pale yellow over the white on the lower sides.
Abdomen:
white.

Vent:
white, barred with black and brownish-gray.

WINGS:
Scapulars:
metallic bluish-green, with a black border edged with scintillant (sparkling) green; feathers, rounded.
Wing Coverts: dark metallic blue, with black boarders.
Primaries: blackish-brown sparsely barred with buff.

TAIL:
Central Rectrices:
white, curved unbroken crescent shaped blackish-blue bars and wavy black lines on the interspaces.

Other Rectirices:
similar on the narrow inner web, silvery-gray passing to brown outside with curved black bars on the outer web.

Upper Tail Coverts:
mottled black and white, with long orange-vermillion tips.

Under Tail Coverts:
black and dark green more or less barred with white.

Length:
33 7/8 to 45 inches.

Common Faults:

1. Traces of color other than green in crown. (Red of crest should stop precisely where green begins.)

2. Traces of red in breast or flanks.

3. Facial color not bluish-green.

4. Dark gray or brownish color in white area between crescent bars on central rectrices.

5. Broken or mottled barring on central rectrices.

6. Small size approaching that of the Golden.

FEMALE

HEAD and NECK:
Crown:
reddish chestnut, with blackish barring.

Sides of Head and Neck:
blackish brown, spotted with cinnamon buff strongly washed with reddish chestnut with dark blackish barring with a green sheen.

Face:
buff, strongly tinged with reddish-chestnut.

Upper Throat:
pale buff, sometimes white.

Lower Throat:
buff, strongly tinged with reddish-chestnut.
Lores, Cheeks, and Ear Coverts: silvery gray spotted with black.

Orbital Skin:
light slaty-blue.

Beak:
bluish-gray.

Iris:
brown, sometimes pale yellow or grayish in older hens.

Body:
Mantle and Upper Breast, rufous buff, strongly washed with reddish chestnut, the dark barring blackish, with a green sheen.

Back:
chestnut, strongly vermiculated with black.

Flanks:
buff, with dark blackish barring.

Brest:
buff, with dark blackish brown barring with a green sheen.

Abdomen: pale buff sometimes white.

WINGS:
Wing Coverts, Tertiaries and Secondaries:
rufous buff, washed with reddish chestnut, the dark barring blackish, with green sheen; the bars coarser than in the mantle.

TAIL:
Tail: rufous brown, Rounded feathers, not pointed at the tip, and strongly marked with broad irregular bars of black, buff and pale gray vermiculated with black.
Length: 12 1/8 to 14 inches.

LEGS and FEET:
Thighs: buff, mottled brown and black.

Legs and feet: bluish gray.

Size:
Length: 26 to 26 inches. Larger than Golden hens.

Common Faults:

1. Lack of reddish chestnut on head, neck, throat, and upper breast.

2. No gray marking in tails.

3. Lack of distinct barring in tail.

4. Yellowish legs.

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