Different Varieties of Aseel
There are many different varieties of Aseel, some are used for cockfighting like Reza Asil and some are named after their origin like Mianwali Aseel in Pakistan. Some are named on the basis of color and feathers type. In this article, we are going to discuss the different varieties of Aseel. If you don’t know what is Aseel then before reading this article you have to know about this poultry breed by clicking the link below then it will be easy for you to understand this article.
Basis of Classification of Aseel:
There are many ways to classify the different varieties of Aseel like
Some are hen-feathered Asil knows as “Madaroo” these are found in various colors, but the cocks come with feathers in hen color, don’t have sickle feathers in the tails, and miss the large hanging feathers on the saddle. This variety is very rare.
Asil with feather beards under their beaks known as “muffed” and with tufts on the top of their heads known as “tasseled” are also seen but are very rare especially outside India/Pakistan.
Bhaingam Asil variety have a large single comb but confirm to all the other Asil standards.
Broadly speaking, Asil are categorized and shown under these three types:
This type of Aseel is found in Madras, the capital of Indian state Tamil Nadu. This is somewhat much similar to the long tail, parrot beak shapes Aseel. They are used for cock fighting.
Kilimookku Aseel (Parrot Beak/Nose Long Tail):
This type of Aseel is only found in the Southern Indian state Tamil Nadu. Although they were used as fight birds in the past, today they are prized for their ornamental value. These Aseels are huge and muscular in appearance much like bodybuilders, possess long tails with beaks very short and thick similar to that of a Parrot hence the name kilimookku meaning parrot beak. The most important and noticeable feature of this variety of Aseel is its proud gait like a dictator, haha! I am not saying it on my own, in fact, people of Tamil Nadu said that. In English, they are called Long Tail Parrot Beak/Nose Aseels.
The birds are further categorised based on their physique and colour combinations some of which are:
- Mayil Karuppu (black and yellow)
- Kagam/sengaruppu (black and red)
- Sevalai (red)
- Karum Keeri/Senkeeri (black/red dotted)
- Sambal Boothi (grey)
- Kokku Vellai (white)
- Noolan (white and black)
- Pondram (golden brown)
This is the most popular type of Aseel throughout the world. Its popularity is because many writers of gamefowl experts wrote about this and considered it as a standard breed of Aseel. There are many different sub-varieties of Aseel known by color type. I will not mention it here because now in every region people have their own name.
Sindhi Aseel is native to Sindhi, Pakistan. This type of Aseel bird is also used for cockfighting. These Aseels are characterized by a muscular but compact body, broad shoulders, wings carried against the body, short and hard feathers, drooping tails, a large curved beak similar to that of an eagle, pea comb, and no wattles.
Mianwali Aseel type is smaller than Sindhi Aseel. It is the most popular Aseel in Pakistan. An interesting fact about that is it is also used by gamblers in their dealings. It is much faster and a better head hitter usually comes in small to medium height. A good Mianwali Aseel should kill its opponent within a few minutes. They have been known to kill bigger roosters because of their speed and accuracy. They come in various colors such as Lakha (reddish), black, and various others depending on the combination used in the breeding. Very hard and a brave fighter with attitude to inspire, excellent in naked heels and metal spurs. There are many sub-breeds of this breed owing to the combination used in breeding.
The most unusual and extinct type of Aseel breed in Pakistan and India. They are small to medium-sized like Mianwali Aseel. People make different claims usually in their pure form they are small but heavy with thick bone structure (Like Pit-bull dog ) reaching 2 kg weight depending upon the feed. Their tails and wings have white feathers. Amroha Aseels are very beautiful to look at. They are more talkative and produce more noise than other Aseels.
Hatching Amroha hens would hatch 9 to 12 eggs which they lay in the month of March to April and usually in September as well. A successful hatch will keep the Amroha hen busy for at least six months sometimes even up till the male chicks start crowing. They will often hatch identical to their parents.
Bantam Asil has been created at the end of the 19th century by an English breeder named William Flamank Entwisle. The breed got very popular after its creation but after a couple of decades interest in this variety slowly died out. Until the beginning of the 1980s, nothing was heard about these little Asil. A Belgian breeder named Willy Coppens created them again using Shamo (chicken), Indian Game, and Reza Asil. The breed was also introduced again in the Netherlands and United Kingdom. At present-day Bantam, Asil is quite popular and they are bred in various colors.
Lasani Aseel breed:
Pakistani Aseel breeders have developed different varieties of Aseel/Asil breeds. But one of the rarest breeds is what they call the Lassani Aseel breed. They are medium size birds with powerful strikes to earn them the title of “Neck Breakers”. This breed has a typical parrot-like beak and a small neck size. Unlike Mianwali they have a particular fight style. They don’t like jumping over the opponent rather they like to come closer to the opponent touching him with their front body and then attacking the neck. Amroha and lassani are closely related however lassani breeds have smaller necks and often closed eyes only a few families of Nawab have got this breed in its pure form.
Aseel is a very famous poultry bird with so many variations due to geographical distributions. Keep in mind Aseel is not for farming purposes because this breed is not a good layer breed i.e small breeds of aseel lay just 6 eggs per year whereas large aseels lay 40 eggs per year. This breed is mostly used for fighting purposes.