Sicilian Buttercups

aka Gallina Siciliana

The head, showing the comb, of a Buttercup cockerel
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

Developed on the island of Sicily, this breed was first imported into the US in 1835, but the present stock descends from hatching eggs imported in 1892. The cup-shaped comb that is its trademark is clearly pictured below on the rooster "Lester" (well, his name really is "Cholesterol," but you can see how he got his nickname). Another major characteristic of the breed is the difference in coloring of the male and female. Males are a deep orange-red with a black tail; the cape should show some black spangles. The hen is golden buff, with parallel rows of black spangles, giving her an almost spotted appearance. I understand that there are other colors in the UK, including White and Brown (which was at one time called the Sicilian Flower Bird). Ear lobes are white (in the US standard, but red in the British) and legs should be willow green.

In Sicily there are several other colors and I have obtained pictures of White, Blue, Black and Black-breasted Red.

The Buttercup is one of the nonsitting light Mediterranean breeds.

I think the hens are among the most beautiful of all chickens, and always try to have some around the farm. The roosters, to me, are just more reddish roosters.


Breed clubs:

American Buttercup Club
Bridget Riddle
3030 Orestimba Rd.
Newman, CA 95360
209-485-1413
e-mail: americanbuttercupclub@yahoo.com


Buttercup Links:

Palm Beach County Poultry Fanciers Association's Sicilian Buttercup page

Sicilian Buttercups at Catalpa Grove Farm

Sicilian Buttercup Rescue

Buttercups at By Hook or Chook

La Gallina Siciliana is an Italian page on Buttercups: wow, look at all those other varieties -- Blacks, Whites, Blues!!

La Gallina Siciliana -- an Italian page on Buttercups; lots of pictures

Buttercups at Three Gables Farm


My Buttercup hen with the very original name of "Buttercup"
Photo courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol

I think this roo has a gorgeous comb
Photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker

"Lester," a Buttercup cock

The required green legs
Photo courtesy of Domenico Gioffrè

The head of a Buttercup pullet
Photo courtesy of Lisa Feitshans

Two shots of a Buttercup cockerel
Photos courtesy of Ann Carrington

White Sicilians from Sicily: two hens, a pullet and a cockerel
Photos courtesy of Domenico Gioffrè

Buttercup cockerels observing pullets
Photos courtesy of Natascha Wille

A Brown Buttercup cockerel: head and side shots
Photos courtesy of Frank Pytellek

A pair of Black-breasted Red Sicilians from Sicily
Photos courtesy of Giuseppe Tasso & Domenico Gioffrè

A Buttercup bantam pullet
Photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker

The Buttercup cockerel who is showing off his comb at the top of the page
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

Black Sicilians from Sicily
Left photos courtesy of Giuseppe Tasso; right photos courtesy of Domenico Gioffrè

Another Buttercup cockerel
Photo courtesy of Nick Nick (The Chicken Mother!)

Most of a trio of Buttercups
Photo courtesy of Ann Carrington

Buttercup pairs
Photos courtesy of Natascha Wille

Silver Duckwing Buttercups from New Zealand
Photos courtesy of Frank Pytellek

A Buttercup male from the UK
Photo courtesy of Robert Stephenson

A Blue Sicilian pullet from Sicily
Photo courtesy of Domenico Gioffrè

Here comes a Buttercup pullet
Photo courtesy of Ann Carrington

A Silver Buttercup pullet
Photo courtesy of Frank Pytellek

Buttercup eggs
Photo courtesy of Natascha Wille


A Buttercup chick

Another one
Photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker

More Buttercup chicks
Photo courtesy of Marilyn Rhea Cheeseman

And from the front
Photo courtesy of Frank Pytellek

A two-week-old Buttercup chick . . . and its head
Photos courtesy of Lisa Stag


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