The Ancona is derrived from the Leghorn Breed and is sometimes referred to as the 'Mottled Leghorn'. It apparently originated in the Italian City of Ancona which was an Italian seaport on the Adriatic. They were first imported to England in the middle of the last century and later to America.
The Ancona has white tipped black feathers which give it a mottled appearance. Anconas are a little heavier than Leghorns and lay good sized white eggs. Because of their mottled camouflage, they are not as visible to predators as other breeds. This makes them preferable in areas where predators are a problem. They were first admitted to the standard in 1898.
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