By Dennis Hawkins

The Black Langshan is a native of China and was apparently developed in the Langshan district north of the Yangtze (pronounced 'yang-see') River. It is believed to be a pure race of domesticated poultry. Black Langshans were imported into England in 1872 by the Brittish Major Croad. In the English standard, they are called 'Croad Langshans'. They were later introduced to America and admitted to the standard in 1883. White Langshans were admitted to the standard ten years later in 1893.

The principal characteristics of the Langshan, which it has in common with the Brahma and the Cochin, is the feathering on its legs and its masssive appearance. However, one significant difference is its high tail feathers. In both the male and female, the tail feathers are nearly the same height as the head. This gives the bird a V-shaped appearance when viewed from the side.

They have a single comb and are a little lighter than Cochins. The coloration of Langshans, although not the shape, is identical to Cochins of the same color. Langshans lay large brown eggs and are very gentle.

There are three varieties of Langshans that have been accepted to the standard - Black, White, and Blue. The latter was not accepted to the standard until 1987.

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