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Harringhata Black

by ruchita last modified Jan 22, 2014 12:40 PM

Mar 15, 2013

Native Tract

Reared throughout West Bengal. The core-breeding tract comprises the northern part of North 24 Parganas and the southern part of Nadia districts of West Bengal.


  • Jet black in colour with red comb and wattles while the shanks are white in colour.
  • Average weight:
    -Cock: 1.5 kg
    -Hen: 1.2 kg.
  • Annual average egg production: 130.


Cultural / Economic Significance

A small bodied-black bird with typical features of a layer. The breed is very alert, highly mobile, and capable of escaping predator attack while scavenging. Farmers maintain the birds on scavenging with negligible supplements of crop residue and kitchen waste. The breed’s strong broodiness and mothering ability is used by farmers to hatch and brood eggs of other fowl and even ducks. The breed demonstrates effective tolerance to common diseases.