Ko Shamo

A Silver Wheaten Ko Shamo cock from Germany
Photo courtesy of Michael Peter

This hard-feathered Japanese breed is a true bantam (Ko is Japanese for miniature) as no large form exists.

The head and neck are large, as are the legs, and the ideal bird is equally proportioned into three parts: head and neck, breast and legs. The head is broad with wrinkled red skin, strong eyes under prominent brows and a short, thick beak. The comb is pea, walnut or chrysanthemum in type. The breast is wide with sparse feathering and red skin. Tail is short and carried downward.

In Japan they insist on split wing as being a characteristic of this extremely hard-feathered breed. In Britain and Europe the standard now also calls for split wing.

Breed club:

The Asian Gamefowl Society
Julia Keeling, British Representative
Ballashee, Staarvey Road, German
Isle of Man, IM5 2AJ
British Isles
phone: (+44)-1624-801825
Speciaalclub Aziatische Vechthoenrassen
Willem van Ballekom (Secretaris SAV)
Hobokenlaan 19
5628 VA Eindhoven
phone: 040-2417208

Ko Shamo Links:

The Asian Gamefowl Society's Ko Shamo page


Stewart Longtails has Ko Shamo

Onagadori South Feather Farm

Pete Campbell's Ko Shamo cockerel and his head
Photos courtesy of Julia Keeling

The wing gap, or split wing, is called for in the Ko Shamo standard -- it should appear even in young birds like the one on the right
Photos courtesy of Toni-Marie Astin

A Ginger or Yellow cockerel from Germany
Photo courtesy of Michael Peter

"Bubble" and "Bamboo," a pair of Ko Shamo
Photo courtesy of Julia Keeling

An excellent Ko Shamo from the UK
Photos courtesy of Robert Stephenson

Another very good Ko Shamo, Best of Breed at a UK show in 2003
Photo © Robert Stephenson

A pair of White Ko Shamo
Photo courtesy of Horst W. Schmudde

Another Ko Shamo male
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

A Spangled Ko Shamo rooster
Photo courtesy of Amanda Stewart

A Ko Shamo pullet
Photo courtesy of Moua Oriental Aviary

Another Ko Shamo
Photo courtesy of Dan Bradbury

A pair of Cuckoo Ko Shamo from South Korea
Photo courtesy of Lee Seong Woon

Three Cuckoo Ko Shamo -- a hen, a rooster and a pullet
Photos courtesy of Thomas Bernaers

From Germany, another Ko Shamo rooster
Photo courtesy of Sascha Michel

Ko Shamo cockerels on range
Photo courtesy of Irina Meyer

A Cuckoo Ko Shamo chick
Photo courtesy of Thomas Bernaers

A much younger Ko Shamo chick
Photo courtesy of Toni-Marie Astin

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