Originating from Chile the bird has distinctive tufts of feathers on each side of its head. It has a small comb, red wattles and ear lobes. Their name comes from the Araucanian Indians of Chile.
They were developed from two South American breeds, the Collonca and the Quetro. The birds are also unusual because the hens and roosters are very similar in appearance.
They are medium to large size, lay bluish green eggs, the distinctive tufts of feathers and should have no beard, and no wattles. The chicken is rump-less, missing the last vertebrae and missing any form of tail. They have soft feathers and come in black, white, lavender and bluish red.
Roosters will weight around five pounds and hens will weigh around four pounds.