Bagot goats have roamed the semi-wild regions of Blithfield, Staffordshire for several hundred years. It derived its name from its keeper Sir John Bagot. The breed was first considered “critically endangered” in 2010, by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. By 2012, it was earmarked as “vulnerable” as there were fewer than 100 reported breeding females in the UK.
The Gers Turkey is an ancient breed of black turkeys that was developed in France. This breed is very rare and is threatened with extinction. They are the heaviest of all the French turkeys, and are known for their elegant, beautiful looks.
The Czech Goose is a breed of purely white, domesticated waterfowl that originated in the Czech Republic. These good looking water-birds somewhat resemble the Roman Geese, but are smaller in stature, and have been classified as a ‘light breed’. Apart from meat and eggs, the Czech Goose is also valued for its feathers.
The Cotton Patch Goose was developed in the Southern United States. These geese once played the role of weeders in the crop fields, and had extensively been reared throughout their region, especially in the farms and hatcheries. However, they have been extremely rare in recent times.
The Barbu de Boitsfort is a breed of bantam chicken that developed in Belgium. The features of these breed is very much identical to the Barbu de Watermael, except that, their tails are completely absent. In fact, they are the tailless variety of the Barbu de Watermael breed.
The Barbu du Grubbe is a breed of extremely rare chicken that was developed in Belgium in the early 20th century. With no larger counterpart present, this breed is classified as ‘true bantam’. This is a very rare breed, and has been considered as ‘critically endangered’. Breeding programs have been undertaken by the authorities, though, in order to increase the population of this rare fowl.
The Hook Bill Duck, or simply ‘Hookbill’, is a breed of domestic duck originating in the Netherlands that got its name from the aquiline-nosed beaks. They are the oldest Domestic Waterfowl breed in Europe and have a history of over four centuries. This duck had traditionally been raised alongside canals in the Netherlands. Presently, they are an endangered breed, with only 250-400 breeding individuals left. The population is growing in a very slow pace.
The Elizabeth Duck is a rare breed of domesticated waterfowls that was developed in the continent of Australia. Though they are raised mostly for their tasty meat, they have been classed as ‘Ornamental Domestics’ in Australia. These small, stocky birds are known for their good temperament, and needs very little space to be reared.
The Romanian Buffalo is a breed of water buffalo that evolved in Romania. They are known for their tasty milk used to make dairy products, as well as their sweet-tasting meat. Their population at present is decreasing. In 1996, the total number of buffalo counted to 209,432, which were raised in 86,480 herds. The total number of adult females was 97,320 while the number of adult males was 2510. With rapid decline, the number of female recorded in the herd book in 2003 was 275.
The Pandharpuri Buffalo is a breed of bovines that developed in the Indian state of Maharashtra, and can easily be identified by their characteristic long, sword shaped or twisted horns. These water buffalo are known for their high milk-yielding capacity, and adaptability to the draught prone area, where they are primarily distributed. They are very common in the rural milk producing farms in these areas.