Chicken Fancy

Chronicle Books' "The Magnificent Chicken" is a beauty pageant of bird portraiture.
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Photo By: Image courtesy of Tamara Staples

Photo By: Image courtesy of Tamara Staples

Photo By: Image courtesy of Tamara Staples

Photo By: Image courtesy of Tamara Staples

Photo By: Image courtesy of Tamara Staples

Photo By: Image courtesy of Tamara Staples

Photo By: Image courtesy of Tamara Staples

Photo By: Image courtesy of Tamara Staples

Photo By: Image courtesy of Tamara Staples

Black Langshan Cockerel

This elegant portrait of the Black Langshan cockerel is one of the many eclectic, fascinating images of chickens featured in photographer Tamara Staples' The Magnificent Chicken (Chronicle Books).

Bearded Buff Laced Polish Frizzle Bantam Hen

This fluffy beauty originates in Eastern Europe. The Frizzle is one of the glorious chickens featured in Chronicle Books' The Magnificent Chicken.

Salmon Faverolles Bantam Cockerel

The Salmon Faverolles bantam cockerel originates in Faverolles, France and is known for having five toes on each foot according to the chicken portrait photography collection The Magnificent Chicken.

Araucana Large Fowl Cockerel

Chickens, like this Araucana large fowl cockerel, in all their splendid variety, are the subjects of photographer Tamara Staples' new book The Magnificent Chicken.

Black Japanese Bantam Cock

The Japanese Bantam is known for its disproportionately large comb, head, wings and tail. It originates in Japan notes the new chicken portraiture book The Magnificent Chicken.

White Leghorn Bantam Cock

A native of Italy, the Leghorn is known for its production of a great quantity of eggs according to Chronicle Books' The Magnificent Chicken.

Silver Duckwing Modern Game LF Hen

The Silver Duckwing was bred strictly for show and is known, according to Chronicle Books' The Magnificent Chicken for being "trusting toward people."

Lemon Blue Modern Game Bantam Pullet

"The long, lean, bony head is thought  to express a certain aristocratic quality," in this pullet according to Chronicle Books' The Magnificent Chicken.

"The Magnificent Chicken: Portraits of the Fairest Fowl"

Chronicle Books and photographer Tamara Staples offer a virtual Miss USA pageant of good looking birds in the new book The Magnificent Chicken.