A Black Indian Fantail
Photo courtesy of Josh Hoffman

One of the oldest and best known of the fancy pigeons, the Fantail was developed originally in India and improved to its present state by breeders in the UK and the US.

There are 2 common forms: Indian Fantails and American Fantails. The Indian fantails are much larger, crested and have feathered feet. They also have a fairly natural stance, while the American form stands on tip-toes and leans way back, with head almost buried between the breast and tail.

The birds strut about on tiptoe with their large fan-shaped tail displayed and their head pressed back into it. The head shakes and twitches as the bird dances about. They are found in many colors, the most popular of which are White, Black, Blue, Red, Yellow, Silver, Dun and various Splashes.

The tail should be cut back during the breeding season as it interferes with mating. Fantails are generally not very good parents and it is often necessary to foster rear the young on another breed.

Breed clubs:

Central Fantail Club

Eastern Fantail Club

Indian Fantail Club Of America

Fantail Club UK

Fantail Links:

American Fantails
Photo courtesy of Benny Chai

An Indian Fantail

An American Fantail cock from Sweden
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

Three Indian Fantail cocks: Grizzle, Kite and Pastel Blue Bar
Photos courtesy of Laura Kendall

Fantails from the UK
Photos courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

American Fantails showing off their exaggerated posture
Photos © Benny Chai

Indian Fantails
Photo © Benny Chai

Indian Fantail hens: Bronze Lavender and Bronze Indigo
Photos courtesy of Laura Kendall

American Fantails from Sweden: a pair and a male
Photos courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

An Indian Fantail hen
Photo courtesy of Julie Rountree

Three more Indian Fantail cocks: Almond, Mottled and Red Grizzle
Photos courtesy of Laura Kendall

Another White American Fantail
Photo courtesy of Gunnar Wordon

An American Fantail family
Photo courtesy of Benny Chai



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