The Cröllwitzer, Pied, Black-laced White Turkey is a breed of domestic turkey. One of the few turkeys not primarily selected for meat production and in some cases is used has a show bird, with it’s own classes at poultry shows. The Cröllwitzer is best known as an ornamental bird with a unique appearance, largely white with bands of metallic black. Primarily kept as an exhibition bird, or on small farms for it’s fuller flavored meat, it lacks the size for large scale commercial use. Toms usually weigh 16 to 22 lbs and the hens 10 to 12 lbs.
In the USA they have a turkey with similar coloration it is called the Royal Palm Turkey. It first first appeared in the 1920s on a farm in Florida, apparently as a cross between Black, Bronze, Narragansett, and native turkeys. Years of selective breeding followed to stabilize the coloring, and the Royal Palm was finally accepted as it’s own breed in the early 70’s in the USA.
The toms are noted for being non-aggressive and very vocal when hearing any new sounds near them. The hens are particularly good mothers.