On the Indonesian island of Java, the rare bird is even believed to hold mystical powers.
The poultry world will never be the same again now that it has gotten word of this exotic brand of chicken. We are talking about this chicken which is completely black in color. Bird watchers all over the U.S. came to know of this rare and exotic chicken called Ayam Cemani, which is a captivating species from Indonesia and is touted to be one of the most mysterious breeds in the world.
Looking at its features, we find that it has jet black eyes, a bluish-black skin, and its heart and bones stretch out like the inky, black night. The reason for its 'darkness' is that its internal organs are all black due to a rare condition called fibromelanosis. Believe it or not, it's actually a harmless genetic mutation that ends up giving the skin of the bird's tissue some extra melanin. This usually starts out when they are just embryos and they end up growing up to be perfectly fine and fully grown chickens. As mentioned above, this species of chicken is usually found in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, back in Indonesia, the bird has been given an elite status and is reportedly found in royal courts and is not eaten for its meat. Leif Andersson, a geneticist at Sweden’s Uppsala University told National Geographic that fibromelanosis happens due to a “complex rearrangement in the genome.” “What is interesting is that all chickens with this phenotype carry exactly the same mutation,” he said. “It suggests that some humans saw these black birds and were excited about them, kept them, and sold them and they spread over the world.”
In fact, this particular breed of chicken is used in the nation's religious purposes as it's believed to be a messenger between the human and spirit world. The report also cited that the chicken has been spotted in China, Sweden, and Vietnam as well. On the Indonesian island of Java, the rare bird is even believed to hold mystical powers, according to Nautilus.
Going a bit deeper into the bird's biology, we find that there are only two areas of the body of this chicken that is not affected by the mutation - their eggs and blood. A chicken farm owner named Paul said: "There's a palpable magical component to the impression the chicken makes. There's just something otherworldly about the deep inkiness of their color. In bright sunlight, the black is iridescent with greens and purples. The effect is riveting. You can understand why native Indonesians attribute mystical power to these birds."