Birmans come in 6 different colour points (Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Red and Cream). Within some of these straight point colours there can also be Tortie or Tabby markings as well as a combination of the two called Torbie.
Birman kittens are born white with their colour developing over time. With some of the lighter colour points (Lilac, Red and Cream) it can take months to see some markings, so show quality isn't always known for sure for sometime.
A 6 week old kitten and an adult shown here depicting the dark point colour of a Seal point (note the colour is almost black). This is the most common colour point and really brings out the blue colouring of the eyes.
A 6 week old kitten and an adult showing the slate grey colouring of a Blue point. The second most common colouring is the Blue point. This colour is the dilute of Seal.
Sharada Living the Dream (shown at 4 months and 5 years) depicting the warm chocolate colour (note the colour is a dark brown colour) and tabby markings of a Chocolate Tabby point.
A 7 week old Lilac tabby point kitten and an adult shown here depicting the soft lavender colouring and tabby markings. This colour is the dilute of Chocolate.
Sharada Rafferty Rules (shown at 4 months and 4 years) depicting the deep ginger red colouring of a Red point. Reds and Creams may also have freckles on their noses, lips and paw pads. We do not breed this colour.
Sansoir Rupert T Bear (shown as a kitten and young adult) depicting the soft apricot colouring of a Cream point. Cream points are not as hot in colouring as the Red points although there can be variations. This colour is the dilute of Red. We do not breed this colour.
My thanks to Sylvia Knight (Sansoir Birmans) for permission to use these photos here.