I had taken the Sumatra off my long tailed-fowl lists because even though their inclusion in this group had been accept for many years, I could not find one example of a European Sumatra that had a tail longer than any Leghorn.
With the creation of this website and it's international scope, I have been made aware of different strains and lines of Sumatra which are, indeed, long tailed. I am very grateful to Willem Van Ballekom (NL), and Richard Schock and Rusty Bishop (USA) for their contributions to these pages, among which are superb example of true long-tailed Sumatra.
The German type is strong, gamefowl-like, longer-legged and shorter tailed than the American type. It is in America that I find a few strains of true long-tailed Sumatra and can image that this is what many of the original birds here in Europe looked like.
The colours known are black and blue. In Germany there have been also "Red Blacks" (European expression for Brown Reds - ref. Brian Reeder), which is basically s+ coming through the Extended Black. I do not know if the "Brown Reds" are shown in America. They are rare in central European shows.
I have seen a website for white Sumatras but I forgot to note the url address. They had been bred over many generations from a white Leghorn cross and were (when I saw them) rather true in breed characteristics with dark faces, multiple spurs and feathering. If you are the breeder of these and would like to show some of you birds on these pages, please contact me.