to the preservation of the Oriental Roller as a Flying -
FLYING ORIENTAL ROLLER
Submitted by the Flying Oriental
The Flying Oriental Roller is primarily an aerial performer
and must be in flying condition in the show cage. The bird
should feel compact, hard, tight feathered and should convey
the impression of physical strength and stamina as if they are
ready to take flight. The Flying Oriental Roller's
personality is bold, showing complete confidence in its
Head: The head
should be oval shaped from the side and round when viewed from
the front. Not flat on top. Aerodynamic without excessive
frontal or back skull and of proper size to compliment the
Eyes: Pearl or Lemon/
Yellow (bull in whites are acceptable) with a small
pupil, the eye should be positioned slightly forward with the
ceres to be unobtrusive (thin) and flesh colored. The overall
impression being intelligent and confident.
long in length, strong at the base with the wattle of a fine
texture but showing some substance. The width should be one
third the length. Flesh colored (clear) beaks are preferred in
all colors, a stained strip or tip on the upper mandible is
permissible in Blue/Black series birds. ex. Black, Blue
including dilutes (T-pattern, Checker, Bar and Barless).
Neck: Medium in
length, rising evenly from the body, becoming thinner towards
the throat, with the throat rising to an arch under the beak,
with no dewlap.
breast should feel solid in the hand and be of medium width,
the feathers covering the wing butts, with a medium depth keel
curving towards a tight vent.
Back: Short and
flexible, wide at the shoulders sloping slightly towards the
tail. The cushion as wide as the tail base and no oil gland.
legs should be medium in length and bright red in color. The
stance poised, ready for flight. The toe nails should match
the color of the beak.
below the tail giving the appearance of being loosely closed.
They should not touch the ground. The flights should be long
and show a slight curve or sickle shape (slightly bowed)
pointed at the tip. The secondaries should be strong,
interlocking with the webs dragging against each other when
spread apart, showing no gaps between the feathers.
Tail: The tail
should be elevated slightly above the horizontal plane and be
one half to three quarters of an inch longer than the flights.
There should be 14 or more feathers in a single row tightly
packed with a slight arch. Split or double feathers are
allowed in the middle of the tail only. There should be no gap
or fork in the middle of the tail. The tail may flare out from
the cushion, but only slightly.
bird should be slightly long in length, the cocks should be
medium in size weighing twelve to fourteen ounces and the hens
a little less.
following colors are acceptable, they should be as
intense as possible. Ash Red, Blue/Black and Brown
series. Also pure whites, Grizzles, Almonds, Kites, and Cinnamons in
all patterns. Remember this is a flying performing breed. The
Flying Oriental Rollers show secretary will be responsible in creating
color classes for judging otherwise the show secretary can
determine the classes.
- Less than 14 tail feathers.
- Too many feathers in the tail can cause the tail to have
a "fantail" or "scooped" look, this is
a serious fault.
- More than a single row of tail feathers.
- Wings carried above the tail.
- Other than pearl, lemon ( Bull in whites) eyes.
- Excessive frontal or back skull
- Presence of an oil gland.
- Forked tail.
- Obvious out crosses, ex. White patterned birds,
(Baldhead, Badge, Beard, Whiteside, Saddle, Monk, Priest,
Gazzie or any other known combination.
- A bird that obviously can't fly.
- Loose feathered
- Crouching or slack poise.
- Long back.
- Crooked keel.
- Loose vent.
- Feather lice or mite holes.
- Frightened or dumb looking.
- Dark toe nails and beak.
- Tail held too high.
- Out of condition.