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Birbhum Sheep

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Category: Meat

Country: India

Home tract: Birbhum district of West Bengal

Morphological characteristics

Body coat: Body colour ranges from white, grey to deep brown, either intact or patchy. body is covered by wool of medium staple length, non-lustrous, straight or low crimp.

Head: Slightly convex, devoid of wool

Face: Devoid of wool

Horns: Black or grey-coloured in males, females are polled

Ears: Horizontal; 30.6% of sheep have rudimentary ears.

Tail: Drooping downwards

Legs: Devoid of wool


  1. Pal A., et al., 2015, “Characterization of indigenous sheep of Birbhum district of West Bengal,” excerpted from ‘International Symposium on Sustainable management of Animal Genetic Resources for Livelihood Security in Developing Countries & XII Annual Convention of Society for Conservation of Domestic Animal Biodiversity, p. 64. [Web Reference]
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