Origin Country: Japan; Germany
Weight: Male: Standard: 2.5kg Bantam: 740g
Female: Standard: 1.8kg Bantam: 680g
Skin color: Yellow
Egg color: Cream or tinted
Comb type: Single
The Phoenix breed was created by Hugo du Roi, the first president of the national German poultry association, in the late nineteenth century. A few delicate imported long-tailed Japanese birds were cross-bred with birds of other breeds including Combattant de Bruges, Krüper, Leghorn, Malay, Modern Game, Old English Game, Ramelsloher and Yokohama.
The Silver variety of the Phoenix breed was accepted into the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection in 1965, and the Gold in 1983. Black Breasted Red is reported as recognised in 2003, but is not listed by the APA. The Phoenix was first accepted in the Australian Poultry Standard in 2012, with any colour standardised in Old English Game accepted. The Onagadori has a recessive gene which prevents it from moulting each year in the usual way. This gene was not transferred to the Phoenix, so its tail does not not reach the same remarkable lengths as that of the original Japanese stock. The tail may reach 90 cm or more.