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Etymology

The word ''bantam'' derives from the name of the seaport city of Bantam in western Java, Indonesia. European sailors restocking on live fowl for sea journeys found the small native breeds of chicken in Southeast Asia to be useful, and any such small poultry came to be known as a ''bantam''.

See also

* List of chicken breeds * American Bantam Association * Call duck - bantam breed of duck originally bred to attract wild ducks within the range of hunters with guns, now kept as pets * Dwarfism in chickens * Bantam (military) - soldiers who did not meet previous height requirements

References

* * {{Authority control Category:Poultry Category:Birds of Europe Category:Birds of Java