Discover 20 Different Types of Roosters (and What Makes Each Unique)

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Written by Kellianne Matthews

Published: November 22, 2023

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Vibrant and charismatic, roosters are natural protectors who diligently care for their flock. Their iconic crows are used to raise the alarm whenever danger is near. Many roosters will also bravely and aggressively defend their hens from predators, even if it means putting themselves in harm’s way! They are charming and amusing birds that come in a myriad of captivating colors and varieties, each with their own fascinating characteristics and traits. So, let’s dive in and discover the different types of roosters and what makes each one unique!

What is a Rooster?

A rooster is an adult male chicken. They typically look very different from hens (female chickens) and are much larger. Roosters have a comb, which is a fleshy growth on top of their heads. They also have two fleshy flaps called wattles that hang down from their chins. In addition, roosters are sometimes more colorful than female chickens and sport long, elegant tail feathers.

Roosters make a unique crowing sound in the morning to announce the start of the day when the sun comes up, as well as when there is a threat nearby. Their job is to protect the other chickens from predators and threats and to prevent fighting within the flock. 

1. Rhode Island Red Rooster

Rhode Island Red Rooster isolated

Rhode Island reds are typically friendly. Roosters can be aggressive and are very protective of their flock.


The official state bird of Rhode Island is the Rhode Island red chicken, a domestic breed developed in the United States. Rhode Island reds are adaptable birds that produce both meat and eggs, laying 200 to 300 brown eggs each year. Like their name, these lovely chickens have deep red feathers that range from rusty red brown to nearly black. Rhode Island red roosters typically have darker colors than the hens, with large black tail feathers. They weigh about 8.6 pounds and have bright red combs, earlobes, and wattles.

2. Silkie Rooster

A small bantam silkie

Silkie roosters have a calming presence and enjoy being around people.

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Like their name, silkie chickens have silky soft feathers that make them adorably fluffy. Silkie roosters have round, compound bodies and weigh just two to three pounds. They have five toes, which is quite unique as most breeds only have four. In addition, their skin, meat, and bones are black. Silkies are often raised for both their meat and eggs, with hens producing around 100 to 120 eggs each year. These whimsical roosters are well-known for their incredibly gentle and affectionate demeanors and are often kept as pets and “lap chickens”.  

3. Plymouth Rock Rooster

Plymouth Rock Rooster

Farmers and backyard chicken enthusiasts have been raising Plymouth Rock chickens for generations.

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Plymouth Rock roosters are very popular for their impressive appearance as well as their calm and dependable nature. They weigh around 7.5 pounds and have gorgeous black and white feathers, giving them a beautiful, speckled appearance. They also have bright red combs and wattles, along with an impressively long tail. Plymouth Rock roosters are very dedicated to their role as flock guardian and diligently watch over the hens under their care. They are also calm and generally well-behaved with humans, making them fan favorites in the farming world. 

4. Polish Rooster

Close up of a Polish rooster with dark body feathers and long, tapered light colored head feathers. small red wattle at the throat.

Most owners trim the head feathers of their Polish roosters or tie them back so they can see.


Like the rockstars of the chicken world, Polish roosters have incredible spiky feathers covering their heads that can rival the most outrageous hairdos. Unfortunately, these stellar head feathers also make it difficult for them to see, which makes them more vulnerable to predators. These six-pound birds are diligent, however, and will readily sound a long and loud alarm when threats are near, but they are not super aggressive. In fact, Polish roosters can be so timid and shy that some hens may be more dominant than the roosters themselves! 

5. Cochin Rooster

Partridge Cochin Rooster

Cochin roosters are large, fluffy, and calm.

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The beautiful cochin chicken is most commonly raised for exhibitions and shows, and only occasionally for eggs and meat. Cochin roosters are a large type of chicken that weighs eight to 13 pounds and comes in many beautiful colors. They have fluffy feathers that cover their entire bodies, including down their legs like bushy bell-bottom pants! Cochin roosters aren’t the most assertive guardians, as they are typically quite calm and gentle. In fact, some can be tame enough to sit in your lap and even enjoy being around children. 

6. Sebright Rooster

Silver Sebright, Domestic Chicken, Hen and Cockerel standing on Grass

Sebright roosters are active and social birds.


This beautiful miniature chicken is one of the oldest British bantam breeds and is still one of the most popular today. However, they are also difficult to breed, and the hens only produce very small white eggs. Sebright roosters are a small type of chicken, averaging just 1.3 pounds. They have rose combs with fine points that are usually bright red, but occasionally they can be purple or mulberry. Sebright chickens come in various colors like gold, silver, and lemon, with a black lace pattern spread evenly around the edges of their feathers. 

7. Brahma Rooster

Brahma rooster

Brahma roosters are very attentive to their flocks.

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Although it takes a little longer for these beautiful birds to mature, when they reach full size, they are massive! Commonly known as the “King of Chickens”, Brahma roosters were the largest types of chicken until the Jersey giant came along. Standing 2 feet tall and weighing 12 pounds, their size is enough to scare away many smaller potential predators. However, they are also very docile and gentle. In fact, Brahma roosters are commonly bullied by other breeds, so they do best in a non-mixed flock. 

8. Wyandotte Rooster

Distinguishing the Wyandotte hen vs. rooster can be challenging because they have similar plumage.

Wyandotte roosters are relatively large and weigh six to nine pounds.

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Originating in the 1870s in the United States, the Wyandotte chicken gets its name from the indigenous Wyandot people of North America. Wyandotte chickens are raised for both their meat and large brown eggs. They are beautiful birds that come in many different colors, including golden laced, blue, black, buff, partridge, white, silver laced, silver penciled, and Colombian.

9. Australorp Rooster

A Black Australorp rooster walking along eating in a field of grass and clover.

In Australia, there are also white and blue Australorp roosters.


Known for their incredible egg-laying abilities and amazing personalities, Australorp chickens originally come from Australia. In the United States, Australorp roosters are black and typically weigh six to 10 pounds. Their dark feathers have a stunning iridescent quality to them with hints of dark forest green, which contrasts beautifully with their large, bright red combs and wattles. Australorp roosters are a friendly and docile type of chicken, but they can be aggressive when protecting their flock. 

10. Leghorn Rooster

leghorn chicken

Leghorn roosters are very chatty, perching high up on posts and even in trees to watch over the flock. 


These roosters are an Italian type of chicken that comes in many stunning colors, with sleek feathers and long, cascading tails. Leghorn roosters are 5.5 to 7.5 pounds with a sleek and trim profile. The most popular variety are the all-white roosters with beautiful red wattles and combs. However, there are many other colors like black, brown, buff, red, silver, and black-tailed red. The roosters are very observant and protective of their flock. They are independent and typically not super cuddly chickens that prefer to free-range with a lot of space.

11. Sussex Rooster

Sussex rooster

Sussex roosters weigh around nine pounds with soft heavy feathers that come in a range of colors.


Originally from the English county of Sussex, the Sussex chicken has a rich history as the oldest British breed. Known for its charming and amiable nature, both hens and roosters are friendly, confident, and curious. If you hand raise them, the roosters are even gentle enough that they will eat directly from your hand! Despite their gentle demeanor, however, Sussex roosters are also diligent protectors with keen senses and will sound the alarm at any hint of danger. Some roosters will even bravely stand their ground and confront potential threats head-on. 

12. Faverolles Rooster

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Today, Faverolles are mainly raised for exhibitions and poultry shows.

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These gorgeous roosters originated in France where they were raised for their eggs and meat. Faverolles roosters are heavy birds that weigh about 11 pounds with very full plumage and feathered feet. They are quite gentle and are popular as pets for children or in small home flocks. Faverolles roosters are also surprisingly quiet compared to other breeds. Due to their docile nature, Faverolles are prone to being bullied when placed in mixed flocks. They are amiable and sociable birds that thrive when kept with other docile breeds or with fellow Faverolles. 

13. Barbu d’Uccle Rooster

Domestic Chicken, Barbu d'Uccle, Cockerel, a Belgian Breed

Barbu d’Uccle chickens are famous for their social and friendly nature.

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These Belgian chickens are true bantams, which means that their small size does not have a larger counterpart. Barbu d’Uccle roosters are tiny and only weigh about one pound with heavily feathered bodies. They come in at least 28 different beautiful colors, including mottled, blue, blue quail, lavender, lavender quail, silver coil, cuckoo, porcelain, and white. 

When it comes to looking after their flocks, Barbu d’Uccle roosters take their responsibilities very seriously. They are exceptional guardians and diligently ensure the safety and well-being of their hens. Despite their small stature, Barbu d’Uccle roosters possess remarkable courage and vibrant personalities.

14. Welsummer Rooster

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Welsummer roosters are gentle and docile.

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Originating from the small Dutch village of Welsum, the Welsummer chicken is a captivating bird with a regal bearing. Its feathers showcase shades of light and dark brown, with white feather shafts reminiscent of a partridge. Welsummer roosters boast a warm, golden-brown mantle and a lustrous beetle-green chest. In addition to their majestic appearance, they are friendly birds with a relatively calm and amiable temperament that allows them to get along well with other birds and humans. 

15. Delaware Rooster

Delaware rooster walking.

When frightened or startled, Delaware roosters can be aggressive.

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Developed in the U.S. state of Delaware, the Delaware chicken is now a critically endangered breed. Delaware roosters weigh about 8.5 pounds and have bright red combs and wattles. Their white bodies are accented with light black sprinkles around their necks and tails. They are calm and docile, although they’re not always the friendliest birds. Delaware roosters are attentive to their flock and are always on the lookout for danger.  

16. Java Rooster

An illustration of the ideal Black Java rooster in the American Standard of Perfection cir. 1905

The Java chicken breed originated in the United States.

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The Java is one of the oldest American chicken breeds. Today, however, the Java chicken is critically endangered. Java roosters grow to be about 9.5 pounds with a solid and robust build. They may have mottled, black, or white feathers. Javas are dual-purpose chickens, raised for their meat and egg-laying abilities. They are hardy birds with a docile nature that do well in small flocks.

17. Langshan Rooster

Black Langshan; black chicken breeds

Langshan chickens are good layers and produce eggs with a lovely purplish tint.

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The Langshan rooster is a gentle giant that weighs about 10 pounds. It is one of the oldest chicken breeds in the world and has beautifully sleek black feathers and white skin. They are very friendly animals, and many people consider them to be great lap chickens and pets. They even tend to get along well with other animal species. The original chickens are black with a green sheen, although today there are other variations like white and blue. 

18. Orpington Rooster

orpington hens and rooster

Orpington roosters come in many different colors, but buff Orpingtons are the most common.

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Although they were originally developed for both eggs and meat, Orpington chickens are now raised simply for their wonderful temperaments and gorgeous appearance. Orpington roosters weigh about 8 to 10 pounds with large, curvy bodies and bright red combs and wattles. They are very docile and may even eat out of your hand, but they also have an unwavering dedication to protecting their flock. Their sharp instincts allow them to sound the alarm at the slightest hint of danger, and sometimes even willingly sacrifice themselves in defense of their hens! 

19. Jersey Giant Rooster

Jersey Giant Chickens hens 2017

Renowned for their versatility and calm demeanor, Jersey giants are exceptional for both eggs and meat.

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One of the largest and heaviest roosters out there is the Jersey giant. Originally developed in New Jersey, these big boys have robust bodies that weigh around 13 to 15 pounds! However, it does take a long time and plenty of food for a Jersey Giant rooster to reach its full adult size. These massive chickens come in several different colors, but the most common is black. Despite their intimidating size, Jersey Giant roosters are the epitome of gentle giants, devoid of any mean-spirited or obnoxious traits. Their imposing stature naturally deters confrontations from other breeds, and they also actively seek to avoid conflicts.

20. New Hampshire Red Rooster

New Hampshire red rooster isolated

New Hampshire red roosters are typically easy to tame and often make great pets. 


Like its name, the New Hampshire red rooster was developed in New Hampshire in the early twentieth century. They have lovely reddish feathers that range from golden bay to a warm chestnut hue. New Hampshire red roosters weigh around 8.5 pounds with fairly large red combs and wattles. In addition, their elegant tail feathers are black with a stunning beetle-green sheen. New Hampshire Reds are dual-purpose chickens that yield about 200 brown eggs each year in addition to their meat.

Summary of 20 Different Types of Roosters (and What Makes Each Unique)

Rhode Island red rooster8.6 pounds
Silkie rooster2 to 3 pounds
Plymouth Rock rooster7.5 pounds
Polish rooster6 pounds
Cochin rooster8 to 13 pounds
Sebright rooster1.3 pounds
Brahma rooster12 pounds
Wyandotte rooster6 to 9 pounds
Australorp rooster6 to 10 pounds
Leghorn rooster5.5 to 7.5 pounds
Sussex rooster9 pounds
Faverolles rooster11 pounds
Barbu d’Uccle rooster1 to 1.5 pounds
Welsummer rooster7 to 8 pounds
Delaware rooster8.5 pounds
Java rooster9.5 pounds
Langshan rooster10 pounds
Orpington rooster8 to 10 pounds
Jersey giant rooster13 to 15 pounds
New Hampshire red rooster8.5 pounds

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About the Author

Kellianne Matthews is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on anthrozoology, conservation, human-animal relationships, and animal behavior. Kellianne has been writing and researching animals for over ten years and has decades of hands-on experience working with a variety of different animals. She holds a Master’s Degree from Brigham Young University, which she earned in 2017. A resident of Utah, Kellianne enjoys creating, exploring and learning new things, analyzing movies, caring for animals, and playing with her cats.

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