What is Squirrel Tail ?
The American Bantam Association defines squirrel tail as when part of the tail is projecting in front of a perpendicular line drawn through the juncture of the tail and back. With Serama having an upright station and upright tail, one should be able to draw a straight vertical line through the eye, wing, and center of leg. If a bird is not properly posed and crouching forward, it will be hard to make a proper determination of squirrel tail.
AS OF 2019, THE SQUIRREL TAIL IS A DQ
Notice in the illustration the vertical line through the eye, center of the wing, and leg. This is a proper pose or “station” for the American and Traditional typed Serama. Before any proper evaluation is to occur, one should first make every effort to make sure that their bird is in proper pose. Birds that are leaning forward, hunching, or walking in their natural environment are more likely to give a false appearance of having squirrel tail when that is not the case in reality. In exhibition, the judge is to make every effort to give the bird the benefit of the doubt. Light touching may be permissible to ascertain if a bird that is perhaps leaning or hunching does in fact have a squirrel tail. MORE DETAILED INFO AND IMAGES CAN BE FOUND IN THE SQUIRREL TAIL ADDENDUM PDF