Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics
Pharaoh breed originally from Northern Italy, unfortunately extinct.
Lpharaoh mosaic was very interesting from a genetic point of view. It was obtained by prof. Ghigi as part of an interesting study on the behavior of the crosses of various guinea fowl breeds with the albino guinea fowl. Contrary to what occurs in the crossings of other galliformes with their albino form (peacock, chicken) in which a more or less speckled plumage of white is observed, in the guinea fowl a mosaic is obtained in which the whole lower part of the body with the primary remiges exterior is white. By re-crossing this first generation mosaic with pure white guinea fowl, 50% pure white guinea fowl and 50% mosaic guinea fowl characterized by a white area of the larger ventral area are obtained. The optical effect on these animals was to see subjects with the colored upper part clearly divided by a white lower part (Ghigi A., 1968).
Guinea fowl eggs have a very hard shell and are suitable both for fresh consumption and for the preparation of pasta.
Livery with white breast and colored back; black gray tarsi.
Mosaic breed guinea fowl