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Araucana Breed Standard

The Araucana breed standard for Great Britain, as set out by the PCGB (Poultry Club of Great Britain

General characteristics

Carriage: alert and active.

Type; body long and deep, free from heaviness, firm in handling. Back, moderately long, horizontal. Wings, large and strong. Tail, well developed with full sickles carried at an angle of 45 degrees.

Head, moderately small. Beak, strong and stout. Comb, small pea. Face, covered with thick muffling and ear muffs abundant. Crest, compact, carried well back from eyes. Ear-lobes, moderately small and concealed by muffling. Wattles, absent.

Neck, of medium length, abundantly furnished with hackle feathers.

Legs & Feet, Medium length, strong and well apart. Shanks free from feathers. Toes, four straight and well spread.

Female (female): The general characteristics are similar to those of the male allowing for the natural sexual differences. Comb small pea.

All colours (both sexes):   Comb, bright Red. Face, bright Red. Eyes, dark orange. Beak, black or horn. Nails, black or horn. Legs in all colours, (except cuckoo) willow to olive or slate. Cuckoo: white, some spotting allowed.

Weights:  Male 2.70 - 3.20 kg (6-7 lb).  Female 2.25 - 2.70 kg (5-6 lb)

Cut away breast. Roach back. Wry or squirrel tail. Crest too small or too large, eg Poland type. Absence of crest or muffling. Comb, other than of pea type. Comb, lopped or twisted. Any comb other than minimal in female. Eyes, other than standard colour. Pearl eye. Legs, other than standard colour, any evidence of feathers. Feet, yellowing on underside. Uneven or splashed breast colour. In males, white base in tail. In lavender, any straw or brassy tinge. On plain colours, any feather shafting or barring (shafts not the same colour as feathers or different colour pigmentation on feathers).

Serious defects & disqualifications



 Type & carriage


 Crest & muffling




 Other head points


 Feet & legs




 Condition & handling




The Lavender: Male and Female plumage: an even shade of blue-grey throughout.

The Black:  Male and Female plumage: black with green sheen.

The White:  Male and Female plumage: snow-white throughout

The colours

The Blue:  Male plumage: breast, belly, thighs, tail and closed secondary’s  the colour of new slate. Hackle, saddle and shoulders, and sometimes the tail coverts and primaries, two shades darker (like a slate after being wetted). Fluff slate-blue. Female plumage: Blue slate colour with dark hackle like the male, often marked or laced all over with the darker shade. Fluff slate-blue.

These have white tips to their feathers. The more of these spots and the more regularly they are distributed the better. The male should show white ends to the feathers on hackle and saddle. The colour may be red, black.  Not seen since 2003, presumed to be extinct in the UK.

The Black-Red:  Male plumage: breast, belly, thighs, tail and wings black. Wing bars green-black: secondary’s when closed bay. Crest, head and neck orange-red striped black. Back, shoulders and wing bow red or mahogany. Saddle hackle to match neck hackle. Fluff grey.  Female plumage: hackle rich golden yellow broadly striped with black. Breast salmon. Muff salmon. Salmon and ash-grey on thighs. Body colour brown pencilled black, each feather with a pale shaft. Tail brown spotted or grizzled with black. Fluff grey.

The Silver Duckwing:  Male plumage: resembles the black-breasted red in the black markings and blue wing bars; rest of the plumage clear silvery white. Fluff light grey.  Female plumage: hackle white, lightly striped black. Body and wings even silvery grey. Breast pale salmon. Primaries and tail nearly black. Fluff light grey.

The Golden Duckwing:  Male plumage: hackle and saddle yellow straw. Shoulders deep golden. Wing bars steel blue; secondary’s yellow or creamy straw when closed, remaining plumage black. Fluff light grey.  Female plumage: breast deeper, richer colour and body slightly browner tinge than the silver duckwing female. Fluff light grey.

The Blue-Red:  Male plumage: the same colour pattern as the black-red with slate replacing black. Breast, thighs, belly and tail slate. Secondary’s when closed bay. Wing bar slate. Hackle and saddle feathers orange-red with blue centre stripe. Shoulders deep crimson-scarlet. Fluff dark slate.  Female plumage: hackle golden striped. Breast and muff salmon. Body, wings and tail blue, finely peppered with golden brown. Fluff dark slate.

The Pyle:  Male and Female plumage: the pyle is marked exactly like the black-red except that the black is exchanged for a clear cream-white. Secondary’s bay.

The Crele:  Male and Female plumage: neck hackle straw barred with gold or black. Back and shoulder bright gold-chestnut barred with pale; outer web of secondary’s chestnut, the chestnut only showing when wing closed. Saddle hackle pale straw barred gold. Breast and under-parts dark grey. Tail and tail coverts dark grey barred with light grey.

The Cuckoo:  Male and Female plumage: light blue-grey ground colour, each feather crossed with broad bands of dark blue-grey. In the male, a lighter shade is permissible. Under-colour banded but of a lighter shade. Beak light horn or bluish. Legs and feet white with blue spots.