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Mystery old print chicken Breed

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Mattsculpt, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. Mattsculpt

    Mattsculpt Chirping

    Oct 29, 2011
    Proctor, Arkansas
    I found these prints on-line and I want to know if they are from a real breed of chicken, and if so what breed? Do they still exist? The birds appear to be crested, bearded and have slight feathering on four toed feet. I don't know if their color pattern is a real chicken pattern or an artist's interpretation. The listing at the bottom is: Vintage French rooster print. Buffon, Georges-Louis Leclerc (1770) [Histoire naturelle des oiseaux planches coloriƩes sans texte.

    Any ideas??

  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    The actual translation of the print is "pheasant rooster comb" and "grouse hen"
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2016
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    They look a lot like Polish or Sultans, aside from their color (with slight variances).
  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Body type is very similar to Polish. Color is unlike anything I've ever seen but almost reminds me of the color in some pheasant-chicken hybrids. Phasianus is related to the pheasant family; Gallus is the scientific name for members of the Junglefowl and domestic chicken clan. Cristatus is the scientific name for India Blue Peafowl.

    I'd say it's most likely the work of an imaginative artist.
  5. Soylent Chick

    Soylent Chick Chirping

    Jan 6, 2015

    I'm reading Phasianus gallus cristatus as a scientific name rather than a word-for-word translation. Phasianus gallus is the protonym for Gallus gallus and was still used in the 1800's for chickens until they changed the genus. cristata/cristatus is often used to describe crests.
  6. LadyCluck77

    LadyCluck77 Songster

    Jun 5, 2013
    The Shape reminds me of the Crevecoeur, that color though... Maybe it's a color no longer bred? Maybe artistic liberty?
  7. Mattsculpt

    Mattsculpt Chirping

    Oct 29, 2011
    Proctor, Arkansas
    I was hoping it was an actual breed. I like the small round crests. I find the huge polish crests too much, as they interfere with the birds vision. I agree that the color is likely artistic licence. But wouldn't they be beautiful if they were a true color.

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