Pair of quail Antwerp bearded bantams by R. delin
: The Antwerp bantam is very well suited for keeping in small pens. It
is a very active breed but easily becomes very tame. The hens lay small
white eggs and sit on them. The chicks usually grow up without any
: The Antwerp is a gracious and refined small bantam with a striking
asymmetrical body shape. This means that, seen in profile, the front of
the body is much heavier than the back. The breast is very large,
carried rather high and forward, which gives this bantam a very alert
and proud expression. A very well developed trilobed beard is the most
striking feature of the Antwerp bearded bantam. The hackle is also very
much developed. The comb is a very fine rosecomb which is low and
follows the line of the skull. The tail is almost carried vertically in
the roosters and is rather poorly developed.
: This breed is recognized in a large number of varieties and regularly
new ones are presented. The most typical is without any doubt the quail
even though the original variety was the cuckoo. The other recognized varieties
are : white, blue, black, blue laced, lavender, buff, red, blue quail, silver quail, blue silver quail, millefleur, porcelaine,
ochre-white porcelaine, black mottled, blue mottled, lavender mottled,
black-red, silver duckwing, pile, columbian, columbian blue, buff columbian,
buff columbian blue. In other European countries there are also birchen, lemon porcelaine,
lavender silver quail, blue-red and silver laced Antwerp bantams.
: Most popular Belgian breed which is spread worldwide and with breeders
associations on almost every continent. The highest quality birds are
found in Belgium, Germany and Holland.