Originating from the Mediterranean the bird has white earlobes, reddish brown eyes, rarely goes broody and is a nervous and easily scared bird. The birds are very nervous in confinement. The color is usually slate blue although some can look almost black.
Two blue birds will sometimes produce actual black offspring with mottling. They have soft feathers. These are considered ornamental birds that were cross bred for appearance rather than utility.
Roosters will weigh around seven pounds, hens around five pounds. The hens lay white eggs, usually around 165 eggs per year.