The strikingly elegant Sumatra bird comes from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, to the north-west of Australia, in the Indian Ocean. The bird was essentially used for fighting.
Sumatras have a stately appearance, are a reasonable layer, a good broody and they have non-aggressive character. The males will fight for dominance but they usually do not fight to the death. A unique feature of the Sumatra is that males have multiple spurs, with Sumatra sometimes having as many as 3 spurs per leg.
Sumatras are primarily an ornamental breed kept for their attractive plumage. Often they are pitch black with a green sheen throughout the body and tail. The breed additionally comes in blue and white varieties. The Sumatra retains a strong flying ability, unlike most modern chicken breeds.