American, Traditional, Ayam…
what’s the difference?

American Serama








The body type of American and Traditional Serama are identical. The only difference, is American refers to the colors accepted by the APA (American Poultry Association) or ABA (American Bantam Association) and therefore can be shown at most “in cage” shows which are APA/ABA sanctioned, or 4H/Fair shows which incorporate ABA standards. As of 2019, the American accepted colors are white, black and exchequer. In January 2023, Blue, Splash and Ginger Red were added to accepted colors and are now, therefore considered “AMERICAN”.  Traditional has the same type as American, but can only be entered in cage shows as AOV (All other Variety). 

Traditional Serama


The body type of American and Traditional Serama are identical. Traditional Serama are any other color that are NOT American colors (white, black, exchequer, blue, splash and ginger red) Traditional, Colorful Serama- Identical body type to the American Serama. Balanced structure. Wings align with eyes and legs. Tail is held moderately upright. Traditional Serama are meant to be shown table top, the true nature of the breed! There are no color restrictions at all for table top showing.

Ayam/Malaysian Serama

Ayam or Malaysian

Ayam or Malaysian style Serama have a different, more “extreme” body type and are only able to be shown in Table Top Shows. The term “Malaysian” and “Ayam” refer to the exact same body type, however, Ayam is the more correct term as far as seramas are concerned. Most people use the words interchangeably to describe the extreme birds. 

Maintaining the balance of type that the American Serama exhibit, the Ayam Serama hold a more extreme pose. All parts of the Ayam Serama should flow together in balance. Wings aligning with eyes, head pull affecting the extremity of tail angle.