SAFI STANDARDS

Translated by Adel Salem

Head: 15 % 

Equal emphasis is made on the front and the back of head. Small as compared to the body size. The head is round as a marble. Must present a grand arch, extending right from the base of the back skull to the end of the beak and bringing in the lower mandibles as part of this sweep. In this sweep there must be no corners, no bumps and no flatness. There needs to be a great width through the skull from eye to eye. The frontal must be broad, full and round, carrying right down to its junction with the wattle as much of the width between the eyes as possible. 

Beak: 20% 

A well-developed beak is the highlight of a Safi. Short but thick beak. The under mandible is equal in strength to the upper and fitting tightly. Thus forming a blunt beak at the tip. Further a good beak is of no avail without good settings. It should be down faced and that is much assisted if the feather grows well of the very edge of the wattle where it joins the frontal. It is commonly said in Egypt that, "it grows from inside the head". 

Wattle and eyelid: 5% 

it takes its place as part of the circle and must fill up any space between the frontal and the beak. It should be very smooth and barely bulging out from the profile. Lids should be extremely smooth and hardly notable

Eye and eye color(Iris color): 10% 

large and very wide eyes. Ruby red color fading into pearl white. The color is always surrounded by a belt of a intense ruby color. Recessive whites show bull eyes. Eyes appear very wide because they occupy a small skull. Eyelids are very thin and white


Back of Head and Neck: 5% 

It complements the back portion of the head. The neck is moderately stout and short as it blends in with a long back. The neck slightly arched and showing some dewlap (fullness) in many birds. 

Flights and Tail: 10% 

folding Compactly and resting above the tail. The long wings should be 2 to 3 cm (1 inch) shorter than a long tail

Legs and Feet: 5%

short but strong, free from feathers below the hock. Toes are well spread apart. 

Appearance: 15%

The average length should not be less than 30 cm (12 inches) from front of breast to tip of tail. Birds are slender and have fragile skeleton. The back is free from humps and the chest is devoid from frill markings. 

Stance: 5% 

Horizontal to upright station depending on the length. Short legs. The shank forms an obtuse angle as it meets with the hock, thus showing alertness. Tight birds with overlapping wings. 

Color: 10% 

Almond, grizzled, blue and whites are the most common. Color has lesser impact on the general

evaluation of the bird.

Undesirable birds: Any bird doesn't show a rounded beak should be disqualified. Any bird showing a frill marks or less than 12 inches (30 cm). Orange Iris (eye color)


References: Translated from the book of standards 1996. ISBN 977-19-0924. Prepared for publication by Mohamed Gab Allah Drawing by Mohamed Khater Other books used; the pigeon, by Levi The international pigeon standards. 15th edition