The mediterranean Class includes the Italian and Spanish subclasses of poultry. Both subclasses are known for their white ear lobes.
Domestic poultry has been bred in Italy for the past 2,500 years. It was the early Romans who were among the first to notice the economic value of poultry. Despite the close proximity of Spain and Italy, there has been very little mixing of poultry breeds from these two countries in centuries past.
As a general rule, poultry from Italy is relatively small when compared to other standard classes. Spanish poultry is a little larger than Italian poultry and includes such breeds as the Andalusian and the Minorca. The Italian breeds include the Ancona and the Leghorn, however the Leghorn has far more value both geneticly and economically than any other breed.
White-Faced Black Spanish
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