"Helmet," my Sultan cock
Photo courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol

Sultans, which come in both bantam and standard, are one of the more unique breeds of poultry. In addition to a full crest, muff and beard, they have heavily feathered shanks with vulture hocks (a disqualification in most breeds), five toes, and a small, V-shaped comb. Although originating in southeastern Europe, they became very popular in Turkey, where they were known as the "Sultan's Fowl."

Breed clubs:

Polish Breeders' Club includes the Sultan
Jim Parker
RR #6, 3232 Schooler Road
Cridersville, OH 45806

The Crested Breeds Club of Australia

Head shot of a Sultan rooster
Photo courtesy of Ivan Petersen

"Lotus," Shahbazin's bantam Sultan hen
Photo courtesy of Shahbazin

A Black Sultan rooster
Photo © Larry Reynolds at

A good pair of sultans
Photo courtesy of Owen Goodfellow

A flock of Sultans
Photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker

A Sultan bantam hen
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Shamp

A young Sultan bantam

Sultan pullets
Left photo courtesy of Lisa Feitshans, right photo courtesy of Brian Reeder

Sultan roosters
Photos courtesy of Ivan Petersen

A Sultan roo from Germany
Photo courtesy of Sascha Michel

Another Sultan male
Photo courtesy of S. Flude, M. Weston and the Silkie Club of the UK

"Sulley," a 5-month-old Sultan cockerel
Photo courtesy of Lana Percival

"Duchess," a Sultan pullet
Photo courtesy of Heather Dunaway

A Sultan male from Sweden
Photo courtesy of Annette Adolfsson

Another Sultan female, this one from the UK
Photo courtesy of Sue Flude

A Sultan rooster from Israel
Photo © Boris D. Rosenthal

A 4-month-old Sultan bantam cockerel
Photo courtesy of Carolyn Punola

A Sultan hen with a chick
Photo courtesy of Boris D. Rosenthal

A Sultan chick
Photo courtesy of Frances A. Bassom

The head of a Sultan chick
Photo courtesy of Ivan Petersen

A Sultan bantam chick
Photo courtesy of Linda Brenner

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