The Irish Flying Tumbler Standard
Origin: Eire. (SDE) Republic of Ireland.
Overall Impression: Small to medium size bird, with muffs that are nicely shaped and curved. The head small oval-shaped that rises gracefully from the beak, going in an even curve to the back of the head. Pear-shaped body, wider at the front and tapering towards the tail. Tail to be held off the ground. Low in stance, well balanced and alert.
Characteristics of breed
Head: Head small and oval shaped that rises gracefully from the beak, going in an even curve to the back of the head.
Head faults: frontal bulge, flatness on top and too wide on top.
Eyes: All coloured eyes accepted. Eye cere to be fine and inconspicuous and also matching the colour of the bird.
Eye faults: Two different colour eyes, split and broken eyes.
Beak: The beak should fit into the head, be part of the curve and medium in length. The wattle should be small, tightly fitted and white in colour.
Beak faults: Crooked, twisted and too long in length.
Neck: Of medium length, wider at the body, clearly tapering towards the head with a well carved out throat.
Neck faults: Bell nick, long neck.
Bods: Pear shaped, wider at front and tapering towards the tail.
Body faults: narrow chested, too long a body.
Wings: Not too narrow, tightly fitted to the body, wing butts tucked away into the breast, flights not crossing over the tail and covering the back.
Tail: Well packed in one unbroken line with the back. Tail not to be touching the ground.
Legs: Just under medium in length well muffed. The muffs should be proportionate to the size of the bird, well rounded in shape without any gaps or breaks.
Feathers: Broad feathers to suit this flying breed. Feathers to be smooth and tightly fitted to the body.
Colour/Markings: All colours and markings are accepted. Colours to be clear and as intense as possible. Bars and checks to have clear patterns and to be well defined.
Colours: All coloured self, all coloured tipped, all coloured pieds, all coloured spangles, all coloured bars and checks and any other colour. Selfs to be clear and intense in colour. Bars and checks to have clear patterns and to be well defined.
Faults: Narrow body, long cast body, too big in size, insufficient muffs, frontal bulge, flat topped skull, horizontal back, long neck, broken eyes, dropped or crossed wings.
Order of importance: The Irish flying tumbler is bred and kept for its flying and performance ability. Overall impression of an alert and fit bird, body form and stance. Head including beak and eyes, neck, muffs, colour and pattern.
Ring size: 10mm (old size ‘D’) It is preferable to ring this breed above the leg joint.