The Ayam Cemani, a prized breed of Indonesian chicken, is the result of a genetic mutation that produces a completely black bird, from beak to bone. Because of their colour and supposed magical properties, they can fetch up to $4,000 each.
Renowned for their rarity and defined by a genetic mutation that makes them completely black from feather to bone, the Ayam Cemani holds a special place in Javanese culture. Originating from Central Java, they are considered status symbols, good luck charms and are used in traditional medicine preparations to cure a variety of ailments across the island. They are even believed to have magical powers.
Ayam Cemanis are not raised for food in Indonesia, and any consumption is reserved for medicinal purposes. 90% of Indonesian buyers want Ayam Cemanis for their black blood, which is used in sacrificial ceremonies to encourage or celebrate good fortune.. (Technically it's not black, but a very dark red).
At the time of writing, nobody has yet imported Ayam Cemanis into Australia. The logistics of legally getting Asian birds or fertile eggs through Aussie quarantine might make that impossible.