English Short Faced Tumbler Club

Established 1886




Origin- England. The Short Faced Almond Tumbler is one of our oldest  breeds referred to in Moore’s book of 1735 and the first Treatise on one breed in 1802, and has changed little since.  Originally all colours except Almonds were regarded as secondary birds only. A Columbian Society to encourage the breeding of Almonds was established before 1764, the date they published the first standard.


Overall impression - As small as possible, short and cobby in stature.  A dainty little tumbler which in full show should stand on tip toes with head thrown back in perfect line with the ball of the foot.

Head – Should rise perpendicularly from the root of the beak and be large, broad, lofty and round; short as possible from front to back; also well muffed; i.e., the feathers under the eye and lower jaw should be full and curved a little upwards.


Beak – Short, fine, straight and pointed. Wattle small and fine in texture. The beak should be set so if a line between the mandibles was extended it would pass through the eye core at the bottom of the eye.

Eye– Silvery or pearl coloured, large, bold, bright and prominent, placed well back and low down in head. Eye cere very fine.

Neck – Short, broad at base, tapering from shoulder to junction of beak (gullet) and well arched.

Flights and tail – Short, proportionate and well set. Flights carried below tail.

Legs – Short.

Form – Compact and plump. Chest as broad as possible.

Carriage – Erect, active and dignified; head thrown well back to a line perpendicular with the feet; rump slightly raised, and to walk on tips of toes when showing or playing up.

Size– As small as possible.

Faults- Size, i.e. too long and big in body as well as too long in leg. Incorrect beak and setting, i.e. down faced or low set. Crossed beaks, long beaks and thick beaks (boxed). Narrow across the chest. Lack of cheek muffs, i.e. feathers under the eyes. Wings carried above the tail. Too much back skull as well as being flat on top of skull.

Order of importance– Overall impression and balance being the key. Body form and carriage, head – including beak and eye. Colour and pattern excluding Almond where colour property must take as high a priority as the other features.




Almond – The ground colour should be deep, rich, sound yellow, rump and thighs same colour as shoulders, evenly spangled with rich black. The flights and tail feathers should show the three distinct colours – viz., yellow, black and white – which should be in patches and clearly defined. The colour of the beak should be flesh coloured.


Deroy - Body colour resembles a shade in between red and yellow, (darker or lighter, the intensity varies), and may or may not exhibit darker red break here and there. 

Kite – Should be black with more or less of a reddish or yellowish bronze in the feather; they may be almost pure black or of a rich bronze.

Dun – A clear dun all over, with or without a yellow frostiness or lustre on neck hackle – this is golden dun and is to be preferred.

Agate – No fixed marking. Colours Red, Yellow and Deroy. The latter is a rich reddish yellow – almost orange, but behaves differently from red or yellow genetically. More or less white intermixed. Flights and tail should appear solid in colour.

Whole feather agate – Colours as for Agate, but appears as self coloured. The quills of feathers, however, are of a much lighter shade and will be almost white at base.

Mottle – Whole coloured with the exception of about a dozen white feathers on the shoulders – evenly distributed in the form of a rose – the same on back, “V” shaped.Self and whole feather – In red, yellow or black. Colour solid to root of quill and as rich as possible.


Baldhead – The head should be white above a line running about one eighth of an inch under the eyes, and this line should be sharp and curving slightly towards the back of the head. Body, breast and neck coloured; belly, thighs, tail and the ten primary flight feathers white. The beak should be flesh coloured for all colours.

Beard – The whole bird coloured except a crescent-shaped patch of white below the beak, the horns of which should extend only to the front of the eye. Stockings, flight and tail feathers white. The beak of reds, yellows and silvers should be flesh coloured. The upper mandible of blues and blacks should be black, the under one flesh coloured


Ring size - UK A 7MM



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