The rearing of bantams has been for a long time an integral part of many Asian cultures. These diminutive breeds of poultry come in many different sizes and colour variations, each havening its distinctive character. Malaysian bantams are highly valued for their omamental qualties and two locally bred varieties, the Serama Bantam, and the Kapan Bantam are very popular among enthusiasts. In addition to their beauty, the roosters have very high-pitched and shrill crows, which are generally pleasing to the ear. The Red Junglefowl, though not a bantam, has been included in the miniature sheet of this series on account of it being the evolutionary ancestor of all domestic breeds of poultry.
30sen – Ayam Serama
50sen – Ayam Kapan
RM1 – Ayam Serma and Chicks
RM3 – Ayam Hutan (MS)
RM3 – Ayam Hutan (MS imperforated)
Sheets: 30sen x 25, 50sen x 25, RM1 x 25
This rather pint-sized bantam is obtained through selective breeding and is the latest craze to local bantam enthusiasts: its popularity surpassing the Kapan Bantam. It is characterized by its up-lifted and over-sized breast, short legs and long tail, which is often held upright. It comes in many different colour varieties. The Serama Bantam has a swaggerin gait, and the wings are usually carried low. The name Serama is believed to be derived from “Sri Rama”.
This bantam looks similar to the Serama Bantam, but is generally more robust, bigger and heavier built. It has a large breast, which is generally held high. The legs are short and it swaggers while walking with the wings usually drooped. Like the Serama Bantam, it is also obtained through selective breeding with a long tail, and in many different colour variations.