Grey Gamefowl: Llamado Birds Prized for Breeding and Cockfighting

Grey Gamefowl

The Grey gamefowl breed is a unique breed that was made from three foundation bloodlines bearing the Grey name. The Grey started out from white feathered roosters called “Talisayin” that was usually the underdog in betting circles against an imported American gamefowl often called the “Texas.” As the Talisayin were used by Filipinos, it became involved in a few superstitious beliefs that include the following:

  • Talisayin is only good during a full moon and the first quarter moon
  • Avoid fighting a bright red gamefowl because they’re evenly matched
  • Fight only against green or black-legged roosters

Keep in mind that all these only supposedly take effect during a full moon and the first quarter moon. This is utter nonsense but Filipinos are superstitious so these beliefs on the underdog against the favorite will become pretty common in the long run.

Grey gamefowls

Before, Greys have always lost and certain biases against the breed include the following:

  • Off-colored birds are weaker
  • Bred by those new to the blood sport
  • Breeding methods for them lack the solid foundation of proven bloodlines 
  • Proven bloodlines are usually red gamefowls
  • Off-colored birds are like regressive offspring and mostly unpredictable

Talisayins are now the sure bet against the normal red birds and gamefarms that specifically breed these birds and have a proven track record will likely only use winners in matches.

Key Features of Grey Roosters:

Grey rooster features

There are several different Grey gamefowls, with the Talisayin having the following features:

  • Medium to low-stationed
  • Straight comb
  • Yellow and silver duck wings
  • Green legs

The regular Grey is said to be a mix of three Grey families, which are the following:

  • Law Grey
  • Sweater Grey
  • Plainhead Muff Grey

These three bird lines were already excellent bloodlines and were improved by Freddie Wimberly. The grey feathering of the bird is a dominant trait and most crosses with the Grey will result in inheriting these feathers.

How the Grey Gamefowl Fights

Greys typically fight like the whirlwind both on the ground and on the air with the ability to cut deep while being a power hitter. It is speculated that the Greys started getting winning streaks after getting infused with Sweater and Hatch blood to make them stronger. Law Greys and Harold Brown Greys, known for being power hitters, contributed in making the modern Greys into the deadly birds they are today.

Are Grey Gamefowls or Their Derivatives Good for Sabong?

Absolutely! The Greys of today are well-known for winning sabong matches and are now the llamados of the sabong rings. In fact, one breeding technique that can help breeders develop winning fighting roosters is by infusing modern Grey blood into existing bloodlines. In fact, Greys are also now used to reintroduce genetic diversity in Red bloodlines that were inbred for the longest time an breeders were positively biased towards the Reds.

Regular Greys are well-known for both their power and gameness as well as being from a bloodline that came to be after crossing three different Grey lines to create a superior breed. Infusing this new blood to old heavily-inbred Red lines is a great way to bring new life to these breeds while also improving their fighting capabilities.

Grey Kelso cross by Román Giles

One fabled result of a successful cross is between a Grey and a Kelso, resulting in the Grey Kelso cross that is one of the newer strains of the Grey breed. This features power hitting, smart moves, gameness, and waiting for the enemy to land before launching their own air attack. The Grey Kelso is essentially an improvement of the two breeds.


Grey gamefowls were well-known as losers but are now one of the best birds that regularly win their matches and are even known to revitalize inbred bloodlines. Basically, seeing the Greys, especially Regular Greys, in Sabong International’s cockpits should be a dead giveaway on who the winner will be unless an unexpected upset occurs and the other bird was just better.

If you’re looking to use Greys to breed new birds, we suggest pairing them with Kelsos and other well-known Red fighting roosters. You might have trouble finding the Regular variation so try developing your own with what you get.

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